Pest Prevention Guide For 2021
Pest Prevention Guide For 2021
Throughout the spring and summer months insects become highly active. During the fall and winter months mice and rats try making their way into structures, while spring and summer months are synonymous with termites and insects that bite and sting. While you can also enjoy the outdoors understand that there are times when our kids and pets may cross paths with an uninvited biting or stinging insect. As so within our natural environment, insects have their purpose serving important roles but, when we do cross paths with them there may be risks. Stinging insects like bees, hornets, yellow jackets, and wasps may sting in defense. Ants may ruin your peaceful bug free picnic. Ticks and mosquitos may transmit a disease to you or a pet. We put together a Pest Prevention Guide For 2021 to help you better understand how to handle situations mentioned above.
SPRING & SUMMER INSECTS TO LOOK OUT FOR
Wasps, Hornets, Yellow Jackets, Ticks, Mosquitos, Ants, Spiders, and Flies
It's now that time again for sitting outside, cooking on the grill, and watching the spectacular sunrises and brilliant sunsets. But, before we regret anything, we cannot forget about pests like mosquitos, ticks, fleas, midges, flies, hornets, wasps, yellow jackets, and... the list goes on. This pest prevention guide for 2021 will help to ensure you are ready for anything outdoors this year.
Pest Prevention Guide For Ants, Cockroaches and Silverfish
Spring is the best time to begin pest prevention in the kitchen, cabinets, and pantry. First, you will need to pull everything out from inside your cabinets and drawers. Next, you'll want to wipe down all surfaces of your shelves including the inner sides of your drawers and tracking (this is an area roaches love to harbor in). Get rid of any and all shelf liners because cockroaches and ants will hide themselves underneath.
Quick fact: cockroaches feed on certain pastes so removing liners and other types of shelf paper eliminates a potential food source for roaches and silverfish.
Throw out expired herbs and spices, or other types of ingredients like flour and grains. These pantry items may introduce several types of "stored product pests" into your home. Once empty, be sure to inspect the backs of cabinets or pantries for entry points that pests might use. These areas include tiny cracks, small holes and crevices that are typically unnoticed without closer examination. During these warmer months, insects like ants and cockroaches are adapted to finding food sources through them. The last thing you will need to do when it comes to preventing household pests in your kitchen, cabinets, and pantry is to pull out all your appliances. Once moved wipe down surrounding surfaces and vacuum behind, on the sides and most of all underneath stoves and ovens. Be sure to clean up around, behind and underneath your refrigerator.
Looking for signs of pests and their entry points, cleaning surfaces and getting food debris out is the best pest prevention for the upcoming warmer months.
Pest Prevention Guide For Centipedes, Silverfish and Ants
All insects, no matter what time of year, seek out water or a source of moisture. Water, even the smallest amount is an attraction for all household pests such as roaches, spiders, and ants. Water is also a major attraction for mosquitos, midges and other biting insects. When it comes to preventing water sources first check your bathroom and kitchen faucets to ensure there are no leaks present. If found, repair leaky faucets, loose or missing floor tiles. Be sure to check for and if found repair or replace areas where caulking is stained, damaged or mildewed.
Two main areas of concern with caulking are found around toilets and tubs. More specifically, where your toilet and tub meet the floor. Be sure to look underneath your sink cabinets for any signs of moisture damage too. If any of these places have damaged wood or mildewed caulk caused by moisture, you may need to call a plumber or other professional to maintain the structural integrity of your home or business.
Pest Prevention Guide For Wildlife
Pest management professionals like CPL Pest Control live and work by one simple rule and that is - The more clutter you have, the more opportunity you have for invasive pest problems. During the spring and summer months your chances significantly increase for spiders, ants, wasps, earwigs, termites, silverfish, fleas, various mites, ticks and mosquitos to make their way inside your home. Cleaning up clutter in your closets, attics and garages is yet another major step in preventing spring and summer pests from invading your home. Getting rid of clutter will reduce opportunities for common pests to infest your home. Follow this same industry rule in the garden, greenhouse or shed too. Piled up rocks, wood and other landscape building material create natural harborages for all rodents and insects. More threatening wildlife like snakes, skunks, squirrels, and others may come onto your property seeking shelter and safety so, unless you want them near your home follow these guidelines for pest prevention this year.
Pest Prevention Guide For Doors and Windows
Damaged screens in your windows and doors may be unnoticed during winter months. It's warming up outside so it's time to check on your screens. Window and door screens, if damaged in any way, may allow stinging or biting insects into your home or business easily. Inspect your windows and doors thoroughly for damaged screens. Be sure to replace screens with holes. Check the spline of frames and the seals around your doors to ensure all is tight. While walking around the inside and exterior checking screens it's a good idea to check for any damage to your foundation. Damage to your foundation can happen during the winter months. A hole the size of a dime is large enough for a mouse to come through next fall. This important step in pest prevention goes a long way in helping to eliminate wildlife issues as well.
Pest Prevention Guide For Mosquitos And Other Biting Insects
Mosquitos are a major risk to our health and eliminating areas of standing water is probably the most important of all steps in pest prevention for mosquitos. Standing water is a breeding ground for insects especially biting ones! During cooler months, water may collect in low spots around your home or garden. Bowls, buckets, toys, and play equipment like sandboxes may have accumulated too much moisture. Downspouts may also be an area for water to pool.
Remove and/or repair areas of standing water near downspouts, runoffs, or overflows. If a low level area is present be sure to fill in these depressions or holes with soil. It may also be beneficial to reposition any outdoor play equipment to eliminate areas of standing water permanently.
Rotted and damaged roofing materials and wooden fascia may act as a point of entry for many types of insects including wasps. Check your doors and windows, your deck, sheds and patio, the skirting of your home, and other areas as damaged wood needs replacing. Carpenter bees, stinging wasps, ants, spiders, silverfish, centipedes and other types of insects love these areas. Birds, while most of us may enjoy watching them, may create an unhealthy scenario around your home.
We never said pest prevention would be easy. That's why CPL Pest Control is ready to help. But, if you begin following this guide in no time at all you can have peace of mind. Not only will this guide give you the knowledge to keep your home pest free, it will help you to maintain your property value.
To effectively rid your home from these parasitic critters or if you need other types of bugs exterminated call CPL Pest Control at 281-683-6737 as soon as possible.
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