Pests need food, water, and warmth, and your home can make the perfect environment for them to flourish. It doesn’t matter if you think your house is spotless, it’s a good idea to spring clean at least once a year.
You’ll identify any issues and be able to take care of them before the odd pest becomes an invasion.
As a precaution, before you start your spring cleaning, it’s a good idea to have the number of a reputable pest control company to hand. That way, if you have an issue you’ll be able to get help quickly.
Don’t forget, even a crumb can be a feast to a pest, adopt these spring cleaning tips to ensure your home s not attractive to pests:
If there is any risk of a pest infestation it’s a wise idea to wear protection. At the very least you should have a mask or respirator, especially if you’re clearing out a space that is usually closed off.
Pest droppings can be dangerous to your health, a mask, gloves, and a good wash afterward are imperative.
While clearing out cupboards and other spaces check any visible electrical wires. Mice and rats are very good at chewing through these, this is not just a sign that you have pests; it can also create a risk of fire or electrocution.
Clean Every Surface
Every cupboard and other space should be vacuumed and then wiped down with a disinfectant spray/cleaner.
This means mopping the floors, washing down the walls, and wiping all surfaces. Pests can carry a wide range of diseases n their feet, and they run across where you prepare your food.
While you have a pest problem make sure you wipe food surfaces before you use them.
Pests need somewhere to live and your clutter can be the perfect spot. The problem with clutter is that you don’t often move these items, this creates a spot where a pest can get comfortable and forage when they like.
If you have stuff sat in your home that you don’t use and don’t really need then get rid of it.
Top Tip: If you haven’t used it in the last 6-12 months then you’re probably never going to use it.
Don’t just look at the clutter in your home, clutter in your yard, near your house walls, makes a great home for pests. They may then move into your home or simply come in and out for food and water.
Look For Entrance Points
If you speak to your local Exterminator they can inspect your home for pests and likely entrance points. Gaps around windows and doors are the most common spots, but you may also find cracks in your rendering that allow a pest in.
Don’t forget that mice can squeeze through a gap as small as ¼ inch, the only restriction is the size of their head.
If you find potential entry points seal them up quickly.
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