Now that spring is almost here, many homeowners across western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut will finally be able to get started on their spring cleaning projects. But while you’re busy wiping down the windows and disinfecting the door knobs, don’t forget to address some potential pest hot spots in your home. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with a handy-dandy 16-point list!
- Inspect all the items from your cabinets and pantry, and discard any that are spoiled or expired. Inspect each item for signs of pest damage, such as chew-marks, silk like webbing or tiny eggs. (Pay particular attention to dry baking ingredients like flour and spices, as these are a popular snack choice for ants, sawtooth grain beetles, and indian meal moths.)
- Wipe down your cabinets and shelves, and install fresh shelf paper.
- Pull out and unplug your appliances from the wall, and vacuum any dust, crumbs or dirt that has accumulated behind them. The stove and refrigerator are common pest hideouts due to people and pet food accumulating here.
- Give the entire kitchen a good scrub with a soapy sponge or disinfectant wipes.
- Check all the fixtures and cabinets for signs of leaky pipes or other moisture issues as these attract many types of pests.
- Wash and disinfect your shower curtain and curtain liner.
- Clean and wipe down the medicine cabinet.
Attic & Basement
- Go through your belongings and try to eliminate clutter or junk, which can provide an ideal hiding spot for spiders, insects or rodents.
- Instead of using cardboard boxes for storage, opt for plastic containers with tight-fitting lids.
- Seal any cracks or openings in your foundation along with openings around utilities. Mortar mix and silicone-based caulk are good choices for these spots. Remember, mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime!
- Inspect the perimeter of your home for any possible damage that occurred during the winter months.
- Many insects are drawn to deteriorating wood, so replace any rotting siding, fascia or shingles.
- Clean out your gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage.
- Repair or replace any torn window screens.
- To prevent easy access, don’t let shrubbery or wood piles touch the outside of your home. A good 12 inch space allows air to flow and keep the siding dry.
- Remove rotted tree stumps, as these are a magnet for termites!
As always, if you need professional help with pest control, let Graduate put a spring in your step!