After a long and cold winter, spring has finally arrived and we can start enjoying the outdoors again. While we are all coming out of hiding in our warm homes, pests are also beginning to come out of hibernation and looking for easy places to get food and safe places to live. If you don’t take the necessary precautions to these facts, your home can become a new favorite hangout spot for several unwanted pests.
Taking action early on is key to preventing pest infestations that will be very difficult and costly to get rid of later on in the year. Although it requires some planning and a bit of work now, pest prevention is much easier than dealing with the stress of having an infestation in the long run.
At Pestend Pest Control Toronto, we know how pests get into homes and where they like to hide. To help you out, we have decided to put together some of our best spring pest prevention tips so that you can reduce the chance of pests invading your home this spring and summer.
Tip #1: Fix potential entry points
You may not be fully aware of it, but there are several areas around your home that pests can easily enter through. Once inside your home, it will be much more difficult to locate and get rid of them so the best thing to do is find as many entry points as possible early in the year and seal them off so no pests can get in.
Here are some of the most common access points that you should make sure are properly sealed:
- The roof of your home – After a cold winter, it is common for your roof to have suffered a bit of damage. Inspecting your roof to ensure that there are no holes in it is one great way to prevent pests like bees, termites and wasps from invading your attic.
- Air vents – another very easy way that pests enter homes is through air vents. If you haven’t already done so, install wire mesh on all vents around your home to make it more difficult for pests to find a way in.
- Windows & doors – these ones are obvious but still worth mentioning. Keeping windows closed, or at the very least, installing a screen on all windows around your home will be a big step in your pest prevention strategy.
Tip #2: Remove attractive odours
When pests are coming out of hibernation after the winter, the main thing they are usually looking for is a place with easy access to food. If you can eliminate this crucial factor most pests won’t even be interested in entering your home to begin with.
Here are some things you can do around the home to ensure that pests don’t choose your home as their new hangout spot:
- Clean your kitchen immediately after finishing your meal to remove attractive odours and any food leftovers
- Store all food leftovers in airtight containers and place them in the refridgerator if possible
Rinse anything that will be recycled, especially products high in sugar such as juice and pop bottles
- Place all garbage in tightly sealed bins and leave them in your garage or outside of the home if possible.
- Spray your garden vegetables with diluted hot sauce to reduce the attractive scents that they give off to several wildlife species in Toronto.
Tip #3: Eliminate potential hiding spots
With easy access to food being the most important thing that pests are looking for after a long cold winter, a safe place to live and raise their offspring is a close second. If you can eliminate areas of your home that are known to be good hiding spots for common pests found in Toronto you will be taking major steps to avoiding a pest infestation.
Here are some tips for eliminating pest hiding spots around your home:
- Keep your house tidy removing any clutter in and around your home. Many pest species like to hide in dark areas of the home.
- Fix any leaky faucets and repair any damp areas of your home. Many common pests in Toronto love to live in these conditions
- Remove scrap wood from around your home, especially if the wood is moist. This will be a massive step in keeping earwigs and termites away from your home.
- Place barriers around your porch and shed. Several wildlife species tend to find harbourage in these areas so properly sealing them will effectively prevent a wildlife infestation.
Follow these tips for a pest free summer
Although you can never fully prevent a pest infestation from occurring in your home, being proactive will surely reduce the chances quite significantly. Following the tips listed in this article will take a little bit of time now but will save you a headache and potentially thousands of dollars down the road. Don’t wait to take these preventative pest control measures, the earlier you do it the less likely you will have a problem with pests this summer.