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Spring Cleaning Tips to Keep Pests Out

As the weather warms up, the ants, roaches, spiders, and other pests will start coming out as well. Because of their temperature control, food, water, and shelter, our homes are the best places for any pest to nest.

With these tips included in your spring cleaning this year, you can protect your home from the pests that are about to start knocking this season. Prepare early and save yourself some of the problems ants, cockroaches, spiders, and other pests can cause.

Kitchen

With plenty of water, food, and hiding places, the kitchen is the perfect temperature-controlled paradise for ants, cockroaches, and plenty of other pests. A few simple tips can help prevent these pests from invading.

Look through the food cupboards and pantry for signs of ants. Throw away expired or spoiled food and thoroughly wash the shelves to keep ants or other pests from being attracted to them.

Check under, around, and behind all appliances for nests, trails, or feces. Clean all grime and dust under and behind the fridge, stove, oven, and dishwasher to keep ants and cockroaches or other pests from hiding there. Check these areas for water leakages, especially around the dishwasher and the sink.

The kitchen sink can be a depository for leftover food grime, so use a drain cleaner to wash away all food waste left behind. Remove everything from the cupboard under the sink and check for leaky pipes and water damage. If you keep soap or cleaning supplies in the cupboard under the sink, inspect for soap or chemical stains and repair any damage.

Some general things you can do to keep ants and cockroaches or other pests out of the kitchen is to establish a cleaning regimen and sanitize every crack and crevice you can. Place food in airtight containers, especially pet food, to prevent pests from smelling it and contaminating it.

German cockroaches favor tight spaces like under or behind the refrigerator or stove, or under the baseboards. Much like other cockroach species, German roaches try not to come out in the open, so if you find one scuttling around, you’ve most likely got a major infestation.

Bathroom

While cleaning the bathrooms, keep an eye out for water leaks around the toilet and shower. The base of the toilet or tub should seal well on the floor, so caulk any cracks if you find them./p>

Thoroughly clean the sink, countertops, and vanity. Throw away any hair you find, since cockroaches will eat hair if they find it. Use a drain cleaner to unblock the sink of any grime. If you keep cleaning supplies or soaps in the cupboard under the sink, remove everything and check for leakages or damage and clean it thoroughly.

The tub or shower drain is especially important to clean because cockroaches, flies, and other pests can live in and eat the grime caught in clogged pipes. Gross, but true.

Basement

Since basements stay cool and dark year-round, they are one of the most common places for pests to nest, especially spiders and rodents. Clutter also contributes to pest problems in the basement. Storage areas should be clean, organized, and free of clutter. Because cardboard boxes are great places for spiders to spin webs and are easy for rodents to eat through, use plastic containers with a secure lid instead.

Because spiders only live where they can find bugs to eat, you can be sure there are other insects near a spider’s web. To get rid of spiders on your own, knock down their webs with a duster and spray for the other insects. You can use over-the-counter (OTC) products like insecticide soap and diatomaceous earth. If you’ve done everything you can to get rid of spiders and nothing seems to work for long, you might start thinking about calling the professionals for help.

Professional Pest Control

Even though doing these things can help prevent an infestation and make your home less attractive, it might not stop them altogether or get rid of them if they’ve already been established inside. When you’ve done all you can and they keep coming back, that’s when you know you need help.

Fox Pest Control is a company you can rely on. Our Pest Pros have the knowledge and experience needed to get rid of all kinds of crawling insects, rodents, and other pests. Restore your peace of mind with our Home Protection Plan that works for you with products that are family-safe, pet-friendly, and environmentally responsible.

Call today to learn how you can join thousands of homeowners who enjoy our Satisfaction Guarantee that goes with our Home Protection Plan. We get the job done right the first time. Because No Bugs is Simply Better.

Posted on April 28, 2020.

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