Do you take part in spring clean up? What sort of things do you do to get your yard and your home ready for the warmer days of summer? Will you be raking the sticks up in the yard, trimming the bushes, picking up debris that was blown into your yard, prepping a garden for some good summer eating, or planting some flowers? These are great ideas to get things ready for the backyard barbecues or poolside parties.
How about the inside of your home? Are you the type that likes to start off the year with a deep, thorough cleaning? There is nothing quite like giving everything a place and having everything in its place.
Some folks even like to get rid of some old stuff to make room for new things. It gives a feeling of anticipation and offers a reminder that fun changes are on the way. Do you do this too?
All of these are great ways to get ready for warm weather and outdoor activities, but there are also some pragmatic things you can do to get your home up to speed:
Inspect your outside walls for any damage done by high winds and rain this winter. When gaps form, they become entry points for pests.
Check your gutter system to make sure that no breaks have developed because of wind, and that no obstructions have developed due to leaf and stick debris. When water is allowed to flow down your exterior walls, it can cause damage to your home and create conditions that are favorable for pests.
Along with any sticks you find in your yard, you should address all moist or decaying wood. It may be an old stump you haven't gotten around to removing, an area of leaf clutter, or construction materials that have been sitting. Damp and decaying wood is attractive to many pests.
This is a good time to make sure you don't have unnecessary objects within three feet of your walls. When objects are near your external walls, they provide a shaded place for moisture pests to feel right at home.
If you have bushes, cut the branch away from your home. Pests can use these as a bridge to get onto your walls.
Spring is the perfect time to get your home ready to keep out all of the bugs and wildlife that are starting to become active again. If you need assistance with this let the team here at All-American Pest Control help. We offer industry-leading pest management that will keep your home safe from pests all year long.