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Keep Pests Out with These Spring Cleaning Tips

With the weather warming up, it’s time to prepare your home to defend against pests like roaches, ants, and spiders by spring cleaning. With their temperature control, food, and water, our homes are prime places for any pest to set up shop.

Add these tips to your spring cleaning list to protect your home from the many pests that are about to come knocking this season. Save yourself the headaches and problems from pests like ants, cockroaches, and spiders by preparing early.

Kitchen

The kitchen is an excellent place for ants, cockroaches, and other pests to make their home. Filled with water, food, and shelter, the kitchen is like a temperature-controlled paradise for all pests. These spring cleaning tips will help keep pests out of the kitchen.

Check food cupboards and the pantry for ant trails or signs of ants raiding food. Clean out expired or spoiled food, which could attract many pests. Wash the shelving thoroughly and replace the shelf sheet or cloth.

Look around appliances for signs of pest activity, including nests, trails, or feces. Clean under and behind the fridge, stove, oven, and dishwasher to prevent pests from hiding there. Ensure none of these areas have any water leakages, particularly the dishwasher.

Thoroughly clean food scraps or leftover food grime from the kitchen sink. Use a drain cleaner to wash away food waste left behind in the garbage disposal.

Remove all items stored in the cupboard under the sink and check for signs of water leakage or damage in the cupboard under the sink. Especially if you keep cleaning chemicals or soap under the sink, check for soap stains or leaks and repair any damages. Holes and damage to your home could be another hiding spot for ants, roaches, or other pests.

Keep cockroaches, ants, and other pests out of the kitchen by cleaning every crack and crevice you can. Place food in airtight containers, including pet food, to keep pests from finding and contaminating it. Reduce the clutter in the pantry and cupboards to keep them from finding hiding places and food sources.

German cockroaches like to stay hidden around appliances like the refrigerator or stove or hidden under the baseboards. Like other cockroaches, German roaches hate to be in the open, so if you see one around the house or in the kitchen, you’ve most likely got a major infestation.

Bathroom

As you clean the bathroom, look for water leakages around the toilet, tub, and shower. The toilet should seal well on the floor, so use caulk to reseal any cracks if you find any.

Wash the sink, countertops, and vanity thoroughly. Get rid of any hair, since cockroaches will eat hair if they find it. Use a drain cleaner in the bathroom sink to get rid of any grime and blockages. If you store cleaning supplies or soaps in the sink cabinet, remove everything and clean it thoroughly.

Scrub the shower and tub also. Use a drain cleaner to get rid of any hair or other substance that could clog the drain. Cockroaches, flies, and other pests will live in and eat the substances caught in clogged drains. Gross, but true.

Roaches need water to survive more than a few weeks, so cleaning near sinks and in bathrooms where water could pool to keep them from finding water or hiding spots.

Basement

The basement is one of the most common places for pests to set up shop, especially spiders and rodents. Since basements are cool during the summer and usually dark year-round, basements are great places for pests to make a comfortable home.

One of the biggest reasons pests live in the basement is the clutter. Storage areas should be orderly, organized, and free of any clutter. Avoid using cardboard boxes as storage containers because spiders and other pests like to use them to spin webs, and rodents can easily chew through them. Instead, use plastic containers with a secure lid to prevent spiders or rodents from accessing and using them.

When spiders are in the basement, you can bet there are other insects living there as well. Spiders only like to live in areas where insects are readily available to eat. To get rid of spiders, knock down their webs using a duster and do your best to get rid of other insects and pests. Use over-the-counter products like diatomaceous earth and insecticide soap. If you’ve done everything you can to get rid of spiders in your basement but they keep bouncing back, it might be time to call the professionals.

Professional Pest Control

Although these methods will make your house less attractive to pests, they might not be enough to get rid of them if they’re already set up shop inside. Sometimes the ant colony is too big, the cockroaches too clever, or the spiders relentless.

If you continue to have the same problems over and over, Fox Pest Control is here to pick up the slack. Our Pest pros have the expertise you need to get rid of crawling insects, rodents, and stinging insects like wasps away. You can rest easy knowing our Home Protection Plan is working for you using our products that are family-safe, pet-friendly, and environmentally responsible.

Not everyone can be a Fox Pest Pro. Everyone who wants to be a part of the Fox Team must go through the Fox Process to become part of the family. When you call Fox, you aren’t just hiring a pest control company. You’re joining a family that cares.

Call today to learn about our Satisfaction Guarantee that comes with our Home Protection plan. Join thousands of homeowners who enjoy our Home Protection. We get the job done right the first time. Because No Bugs is Simply Better.

Posted on April 26, 2020.

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