Spring and Summer Pest Prevention
There’s nothing like spending a beautiful spring/summer day outdoors with your family and friends. But as the weather warms back up, the pests come back out. Our team put together the top 10 spring and summer pest prevention tips to help you get through the seasons without pest problems.
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Common Spring/Summer Pests
Pest hot spots in your home
Below is a list of common areas in your home vulnerable to pest problems. As well as explaining the reason it is at risk, we will offer advice on how to possibly prevent a problem before it happens. Here are our spring and summer pest prevention tips.
If you live in a condo, apartment or a multifamily housing complex you can probably ignore and skip this part. However facilities managers and private home owners should take note. Bees and wasps especially love to build nests in your home’s roof overhang.
- Always check for bees and wasp nests, and take action as soon as you spot one
- Fill cracks as soon as possible
2. Air Vents
It’s easy for pests to sneak through the air vents in your home during this time of year. Insects like ants love to sneak through any openings in your ventilation system.
- Install ventilation covers in your home’s ventilation system
Your attic is a vacation getaway for pests in the spring and summer! Termites love attics, so make sure you do everything to prevent them from getting there. If you are really unlucky, you may also find wasps nesting in your attic too!
- Replace all damaged roof tiles
- Repair cracks with roofing cement
- Inspect roof space regularly for pest activity
- Keep attic tidy and clutter free
- Store items in plastic boxes (not cardboard) to prevent rodent nesting.
While you put all of your winter coats away, and bring back out all of your spring and summer gear, you might notice signs of a moth problem in some of your favorite clothing items. While this means you already have moths, it also means you can prevent further damage to other valuables in your collection.
- Check clothes regularly for signs of damage
- Use sticky traps or moth killer strips to confirm signs of activity
- Wash all clothes and store in sealed bags
- Vacuum and clean the inside of closets regularly
Don’t forget about your bed! Always check your bed regularly for bed bugs. This pest never goes away and is a problem all year round. So, if you have been on a vacation recently or have invested in some second hand furniture it pays to check your room for any signs of bedbugs:
- Check all areas of your bed for signs (blood spots, droppings, shed skin)
- Inspect furniture and carpet
- Wash clothes and bedding on a high temperature setting
- Clean and vacuum the bedroom thoroughly and regularly
Cracks around windows, front doors, balcony and patio doors are easy to overlook. At this time of year, though, when the temperature and humidity begins to rise, mosquitos love to come out and they’ll find a way indoors if you leave any windows open.
It pays to cover these gaps from an energy saving and a pest prevention point of view.
- Install bristle strips under doors and replace worn weather strips on all windows
If shrubs, grass, and trees are left unmanaged and overgrown they can provide great hiding spots, shelter and even an easy access route into your home.
- Keep branches and shrubbery trimmed away from the house
- Keep compost in a sealed area, a good distance away from the home
Most people use their garage more for storing items like back issues of certain magazines, albums (LPs) and even furniture rather than their car. Be warned though, ants, earwigs and termites all love lounging in your past possessions.
- Cover air vents with galvanized mesh to prevent entry
- Store items in plastic containers and keep off the floor to prevent nesting sites
7. Laundry Room
It is really easy to overlook gaps around new pipes and even old pipework and dismiss them as no major cause for concern.
However, young mice only need a gap the width of a pencil to gain entry inside- will this make you think more differently about those gaps?
- Seal holes around any old or new pipework
- Caulk, expanding foam and other DIY products are available to fill cracks
The kitchen is often the one room singled out by pest controllers as most at risk of a pest problem.
This usually comes down to the fact of how plentiful the food is in just this one room. As pests need food for survival, this is the area of your home they gravitate towards.
- Store food in air-tight containers
- Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink
- Regularly empty contents of garbage cans
- Clear food debris off the floor
- Regularly clean and inspect under sinks, cookers and behind the fridge
9. Outdoor Bins
Flies and other pests are not fussy eaters.
- Make sure all outdoor and garbage bins are sealed tight