When the cold days of winter are finally over and warm days become more frequent, you may think of spring cleaning. Deep cleaning your house doesn't have to happen only in the spring, but it's an excellent time to get your home prepared for another season of controlling bugs since warm weather brings bugs along with it. Here are some spring cleaning tips that can help with pest control, too.
Vacuum All Unused Rooms
If you have spare bedrooms that are rarely used or a junk room that accumulates clutter, thorough vacuuming can get rid of insects, eggs, and spiders. Spiders particularly like living in quiet, lonely rooms, especially if there is clutter available to hide in. Vacuuming the carpets, around the drapes, in dark closet corners, and near the ceiling is a good way to get rid of bugs and spiders that nestled in over the winter.
Clean Out The Pantry
The food pantry is another good hiding place for bugs. You may even find bugs living in food packages and eating your stored grains. Pull all the food out of your pantry and vacuum the inside to get rid of pests you can't even see. Then, examine your food to make sure it lasted through the winter without being invaded by moths or weevils. If you find bugs in boxes of food, throw the food out. If you find a lot of bugs, you may want to call a pest control company for treatment since pantry bugs can be hard to get rid of and you don't want them to ruin the new food you bring home.
Check The Attic
If you don't go in the attic too often, spring is a good time to check it out. It may have provided a warm haven for rodents or squirrels over the winter. Some bugs, such as beetles and weevils, will invade attics over the winter. Pests in your attic may find their way into your living space eventually, so set traps or call a pest control professional to help you get rid of an infestation of bugs or rodents in the attic.
Dry Out Damp Areas
As you go about your spring cleaning activities, take note of any damp areas in your home, such as cardboard boxes stacked in the basement or the cabinet under the sink. Also, look for bugs that are drawn to moisture, such as roaches and silverfish. Sometimes, the presence of bugs lets you know your home has a moisture problem. Replace rotted wood and dry out dampness to prevent water damage and to keep from attracting more bugs once the hot summer weather arrives.
If you need help with interior or exterior pest control or applying treatments to your home, call a pest control company for help and consider getting regular treatments all through the warm months so you can enjoy the weather without battling bugs.