7 Tips on Pest Control for Spring
April 27, 2022
By Hawx Pest Control
Home Pest Control for Spring and When to Hire an Exterminator
There are plenty of pests that want to call your home their own, and chances are, they will. As we speak, 14 million homes in the US have some type of pest infestation.
If you think your house is one of them, don’t worry. There’s a lot you can do to keep your house safe from pests for the long term. Let’s talk about what you can do to control different types of pests before calling an exterminator this spring!
1. Understand Why
In most cases, spring pest issues are just a continuation of winter pest issues. Pests need to find a warm home during the cold winter months and they want to thank you for your generous hospitality by multiplying as it gets warmer.
Of course, the solution isn’t to turn your heat off, but rather to be a little less hospitable in any way that you can. This means always putting away food in pest-proof containers, cleaning out the dirty sink, and covering or removing trash frequently. Otherwise, they take it as a gesture that they’re welcome to stay!
2. Look for Signs
Different pests leave different signs. You’re likely to see an infestation of insects like ants or flies, but some pests are a lot sneakier and deceptive. For that reason, you need to look for signs of their activity.
For bed bugs, you’ll need to look at your skin. You may not see the little buggers, but you’ll feel them at some point, and the problem will only get worse without immediate help.
Generally, mice and rats are nocturnal, and they’re very afraid of humans. They’ll do what they can to never come into contact with you, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Check in high-traffic areas for droppings and look at food that you may have left out.
Bite marks in butter, chocolate bars, bags of food, and more are tell-all signs of rodent activity. Your kitchen and pantry are the most likely places for this activity.
Nests are another tell-all sign. This could be in old sleeping bags, slippers, couch cushions, or anywhere else. You’ll find fibers, food, and a whole mess of other materials in these nests.
If you notice any of these signs, clean them up immediately and monitor that area for future activity.
3. Lay Traps
Traps are a great way to mitigate a problem or stop one before it starts, but they won’t be too effective for a larger infestation. However, there are plenty of quality mouse traps and even DIY mouse traps that are very effective at killing or trapping live mice and other rodents. If you feel more comfortable, set live traps and release the mice you catch as far away from your home as possible.
When it comes to bait, you have plenty of options including peanut butter, nuts, cheese, and more. For mice and rats, butter tends to be the most irresistible to them, so it’s worth a try!
To be more humane, avoid using glue traps if possible. These cause unnecessarily slow deaths for pests and you will still have to dispose of them. You may also want to avoid poison, as the pests may die in the wrong places (like in your walls) and cause unpleasant odors that are hard to remove.
4. Ask Your Pets for Help
Even if you have five cats, they aren’t enough to handle a rodent infestation, so don’t expect too much from them. However, they can help you stop a problem before it starts. Mice and rats are naturally afraid of their predators, and even the smell of a cat or dog could be a deterrent for them to enter your home.
Since mice are nocturnal, allow your pets to roam free throughout the house at night if possible. They can help mitigate the problem behind the scenes.
5. Do Some Laps
Go outside and do a few rounds around your house looking for possible entrances. If you manage to find any holes (they can be very small), try filling them with caulk, cement, wood filler, or steel wool. Mice cannot chew through steel wool and it will be easy to tell if they tried pulling or removing it, which will tell you their entryway.
6. Clean Up
It’s time for some spring cleaning. Do a deep clean of your entire house, especially wherever food is stored or disposed of, and wipe down all of your surfaces.
Different pests can bring different diseases, so sanitation is critical for safety. On top of that, a cleaner surface will be less inviting to unwanted guests, especially once you seal up and dispose of any food or food waste!
7. Call an Exterminator
Once you’ve done your diligence, keep track and continue looking for signs after you’ve cleaned them up. If you still have a problem, then it’s time to call in a professional exterminator near you.
They will have the right pest control equipment for the job and you’ll be able to sleep easy.
Now that you know how to handle pests in homes, follow these steps and call an exterminator today. The sooner you do, the sooner you can put your mind at ease.