Growing up, I lived in a sprawling farmhouse in the country. This beautiful home was constantly filled with the sounds of laughter and the smells of delectable food being prepared in the kitchen. Unfortunately, our home was often invaded by some unwanted guests, ants. Pesky ants would welcome themselves into our living room, kitchen, dining room, bedrooms, and bathrooms. One night, I crawled into my bed only to discover I wasn’t alone. Ants had somehow climbed onto my bed! These destructive ants even ate holes in some of the clothing hanging in my closet. Is your home filled with unwanted, biting ants? On this blog, you will discover the latest methods pest control specialists use to rid homes of pesky ants.
As you start your spring cleaning, make sure that you keep pest control at the back of your mind. If you clean your home correctly, you should be able to combat and hold back all the pests that want to get into your home.
Go Deep in Your Kitchen
In your kitchen, you need to clean deep and clean everywhere. The kitchen is the favorite place in your home for a variety of pests, from mice to ants, to gather. Even a kitchen that looks clean to the naked eye could have plenty of crumbs and food lurking for pests to consume. If you take care of these issues now, you may be able to avoid having to call a pest control company.
The key to really cleaning your kitchen is to work one area at a time, and clean it well. You are going to start with one cupboard and pull everything out of that cupboard. Clean the bottom of the cupboard, the sides, and the walls. If you have a liner in the cupboard, remove it and clean it.
Go through the items that you store in the cupboard. If they are food based items, make sure that everything is in-date and stored properly. If you have appliances and kitchen equipment, make sure that it is actually clean.
Work through your kitchen one cupboard, drawer, and appliance at a time, cleaning up and removing all sticky residue and crumbs.
Get Rid of Moisture in the Bathroom
Pests such as silverfish as well as cockroaches love all the moisture that can be found in your bathroom, as do mold and mildew. Pests need water to thrive, so getting rid of water in your bathroom will help get rid of or prevent pests from taking up residency in your bathroom.
Check your faucet and make sure that it doesn't drip. If it does, install a new aerator. Check under your sink and make sure that it is moisture free. If it isn't, you'll need to seal up your pipes to stop the leaking. Check behind your toilet and make sure that your toilet isn't sweating or leaking water.
Next, deep clean your tub. Clean the shower drain, the floor, and the walls. If your shower has a shower curtain, clean this as well.
Declutter Your Basement
Basements tend to play host to lots of spiders and rodents. The dark and cluttered space is a perfect home for numerous rodents. All that clutter provides hiding spots and homes for pests.
Go through your basement and clean it up. If your basement acts as a second storage area, go through all the items you keep in your basement. Make sure anything that you store in your basement is stored inside of sealed plastic containers with secure lids. Clean up and get rid of the dust. If you find any cracks in your walls or around windows, seal them up with caulking to prevent pests from getting into your home.
As you clean up your home this spring, make sure that you eliminate moisture and crumbs, two things that attract pests to homes and help them thrive.