Spring Pest Tips

Spring Pest Tips

Spring Pest Control & Pest Prevention Tips

Days are getting longer, flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and those springtime pests are on the move.  As we begin preparing for the spring season and nature is bursting back to life, it’s time to start thinking about pest control.   Common pests that return with new vigor in the spring includes bees, ants, spiders, mosquitos, flies, silverfish, cockroaches, rodents and more.

Here are some things you can do to prevent common springtime pests:

  • Year-Round Pest Control Maintenance
    • From sickness to disease to damage and disgust, pests can be disastrous for many reasons.
    • Even if you don’t have a pest problem now, pest prevention is always cheaper and easier than pest reaction. We highly recommend signing up for a year-round maintenance plan that fits your needs.
  • Store and Dispose of Food/Waste Properly
    • Animals need food, water and shelter to survive. Gardens, garbage, standing water and pet food can all attract pests
      • Follow proper cleaning and food storage processes
      • Keep trash bins tightly covered with tight-fitting, spring-loaded lids and be sure to empty them frequently
      • Store pet food in a sealed container indoors
      • Add fencing around your garden & build raised beds with a cover
    • Regular inspections and reports from Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions will provide the information necessary for specific strategies.
  • Control Moisture
    • Even a small pool of water or leaking pipes can provide enough water to attract springtime pests. High humidity aids egg production with pests.
      • Repair plumbing leaks as soon as possible
      • Get rid of standing water, such as tires, bird baths and pool covers
      • Trim tall grasses
      • Keep gutters and downspouts clean and clear
      • Remove any wet or decaying woods, such as rotted stumps
      • Keep your home well-ventilated and dry, especially basements, attics and crawl spaces

 

  • Inspect the Perimeter and Seal Entryways
    • Openings in your home provide the perfect entrance for unwanted guests. Inspect your property for potential entrance points for pests. Pay close attention to areas where utilities enter (plumbing, electrical, HVAC)
      • Seal any gaps and cracks around the building
      • Repair any broken screens and windows
      • Replace any aging or worn weather-stripping
      • Trim back trees and shrubs that are touching your structure, hanging over your roof or near your roofline
      • Keep pallets stored off the ground
      • Never leave any exterior facing doors open
    • Use weatherproof caulk for any gaps and cracks smaller than ½ inch. For any gaps and holes larger than that, use expandable foam sealant
    • If you notice any pest or signs of a pest presence, such as mud tubes and rotted wood, contact Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions right away!
  • Clean, Clean, Clean
    • Its spring – time for some cleaning. In addition to immediately cleaning up any food spills and making sure food items are properly stored, take some time to do full spring inspection and cleaning.
      • Immediately clean up any food preparation
      • Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink (at least rinse or soak them)
      • Never store food on the floor
      • Repair cracks, holes, broken screens and other methods of entry
      • Make sure trash is regularly and properly disposed of
      • Store food products in sealed containers at proper temperature
      • Make sure there is a routine cleaning policy (sweeping, mopping, drain cleaning, waste removal, etc.)
      • Conduct a deep cleaning and decluttering at least twice a year
    • Snakes, bugs and insects love to hide in trash and debris. Take some time to clear away all the clutter from your property, such as brush piles and excess leaves.  Don’t neglect the areas under porches, decks and stairs.
  • Contact Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions as soon as you notice a pest
    • Pests rarely travel alone. Where there’s one, there’s many.  Even if you see just one of these pests this spring, contact Holper’s to take care of it before it turns into a full-blown infestation.
    • Remember, the best way to maintain a pest-free environment for your home or business is by partnering with a pest professional. Call us at 314 544-7378 (pest). We will give you peace of mind & your home back!