Spring cleaning season is here, which means it is time to dust off the curtains, wash the windows, and keep your home free of pests.
While pests make their way into your Toronto home year-round, springtime makes you especially vulnerable.
After all, spring is the height of insect breeding season, which means they will be looking for places to nest, food for their young, and a safe place to lay eggs.
To avoid having your home be their location of choice for any of those problems, add a few extra to-do items to your spring cleaning checklist.
Must-Do Spring Cleaning to Avoid Pests
1. Store All Food in Sealed Containers
Everyone is guilty of leaving open food containers in their pantry.
While in the winter it may not draw in as many insects, Toronto pest control services receive more calls in the spring because insects are feeding on all the food left out.
So, skip the hassles and clean up your pantry before it warms up outside.
All food bags must be sealed, and loose food in a sealed container. When ants do not smell food, they will not be encouraged to come inside.
2. Get Rid of Standing Water on the Property
While cleaning outside, don’t forget to get rid of standing water.
Standing water is what attracts mosquitoes. Mosquitos are a pest, but they can also transmit diseases, says the Government of Canada.
While the mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus, for instance, cannot typically survive Canadian winters, they have the potential for migrating in the summer.
3. Use a Dehumidifier
Basements are damp in the winter and especially damp as the temperatures start to rise outside.
When your basement has high humidity, it invites silverfish, centipedes, and spiders.
Using a dehumidifier in the basement can deter them from coming in and making your basement their new home.
4. Seal Up Entry Points
All invaders get in your house the same way: small holes and cracks.
You can deter them from entering just by sealing cracks in the foundation, plugging holes, fixing broken masonry, replacing your weather stripping, and replacing any screens that have holes.
Also, pay close attention to holes or gaps near light fixtures.
These small gaps allow ants and other rodents to get inside and congregate at night.
5. Take Care of Water in Bathrooms
Cockroaches and silverfish like areas with moisture, which is why they tend to get into cabinets in the bathroom.
While you are spring cleaning, check the pipes under the sink and clean up any water leaks. Also, remove any food sources you find under the kitchen sink, including spilled food.
6. Clean Up Under Couches and Furniture
Underneath your couch and other bulky furniture items (especially those that do not move for long periods) attract dust and small bugs.
Those small insects in turn attract spiders. House spiders will create webs under your furniture because they know it is not disturbed and their prey resides under there.
To avoid spiders and encouraging pests to reside in your home, clean up under all your furniture and remove any cobwebs you find.
7. Clean Up Spills
This is something you should do year-round, but especially in the spring.
Any spills, including on the patio or in the garage, must be cleaned up right away.
Sticky or sugary substances are ant and cockroach attractors.
8. Do Not Overwater the Plants
While preparing your garden, do not overwater. Overwatering encourages sowbugs, and then they continue to feed on decaying vegetables.
When the spring weather extends, they move into the home and look for more food.
If there is too much mulch in the flowerbeds outside your home, you may also find millipedes that accidentally slither their way in.
Make Pest Control Companies in Toronto Part of Your Spring Cleaning Routine
As part of your routine, contact Power Pest Control, Inc.
We can help you remove any pests that have been residing in your home over the winter, and prevent those ready to invade for spring.
Our Toronto pest control services come with six-month and one-year warranties so that you can rest assured your home remains insect and pest-free year-round.
No matter what type of insect is bothering you, our pest control services can help.
Power Pest Control, Inc. has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and excellent customer reviews on HomeStars.
Schedule a consultation with our pest control team today at 647-708-7378 or contact us online with your questions.