With spring in full gear, you can't afford to ignore the pests. Common pests can wreak havoc on your home, especially if you don't take action to prevent infestion. Whether you've decided to hire a pest control service, or you've decided to go it alone, there are some steps you can take to reduce the pest activity around your home. Here are four of those steps for you to follow to keep the pests away.
Take Action on the Roof
Now that you're making plans to prevent pest infestations this spring, don't forget about roof protection. If you're like most people, you don't think of your roof while you're planning your pest control plans. However, without proper preparation, the roof is an easy access point for pests. This is especially true for roaches, ants, spiders and even rodents. To safeguard your roof against pest infestations you'll need to repair damaged shingles, seal cracks with roofing compound and repair missing or damaged vent gaskets.
Prevent Home Invasion
Once you've taken care of the roof, you'll need to head inside the home. When it comes to home preparation, the attic is the best place to start. To get the attic ready, you'll need to seal gaps with spray foam insulation. Inside the house, you'll want to add fresh caulk around all of your doors and windows, repair window screens and clean your rubbish bins. It's also a good idea to vacuum and steam clean your carpets. This will kill any fleas that have found their way into your home.
Don't Forget the Garage
After you've tackled the interior preparation, you should move to the garage. Your garage is another favourite access point for pests. In fact, it's not uncommon to find spiders and rodents in your garage. To prevent pest infestations in your garage, it's a good idea to start with a deep cleaning. To do that, you should pull all of the boxes out and give the floor a thorough sweeping. As in the attic, you should fill gaps and cracks with spray foam insulation. Finally, move boxes off the floor. That way, rodents don't have easy access to nesting material.
Head Off Garden Pests
Finally, once you've taken steps to protect your home, you'll need to head out into the gardens. You might not realise this, but pests can create quite a problem in the garden, especially during the spring and summer. To prevent that, start by removing any standing water. Next, move wood piles out into the yard and away from your home. Finally, make sure that your outdoor bins are clean, sanitary and odour-free.
Now that spring is here, the steps provided here will help you to control the pests. For maximum protection, be sure to contact a pest control service near you.