It’s spring cleaning time! Which also means that it’s time to air out the house, declutter the garage, and give your home a well-deserved deep cleaning after being closed up all winter long. While cleaning makes your home a more comfortable place to live, you can also take this time to get out the summer essentials like the lawn chairs and slip-n-slide. It’s a great time to ensure that you are not allowing pests to enjoy your home as well. 

Whether a few mice make their way into your home during the winter or you just want to ensure that your home stays pest-free, Earthwise Pest Management can help. We use an Integrated Pest Management process that keeps your home pest-free by removing the pests’ necessities like food and water. We also work to remove easy points of entry for the pests so they may be encouraged to find a home elsewhere. 

In this blog post, we are going to discuss some spring cleaning tips that will help you keep the pests out of your home. Continue reading to learn more and then contact Earthwise Pest Management for all your Sacramento pest control needs. 

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DeClutter

While it’s true that pests look for a good source of food and water while searching for a home, they also love having lots of places to hide. When it comes time for spring cleaning, declutter the garage, the attic, bedrooms, the panty, and anywhere else that pests could possibly hide to reduce the risk of a pest infestation. 

Do Not Allow Standing Water

Standing water in or around your home attracts pests. Ensure that you do not have standing water in your yard or anywhere in your home such as in the kitchen, bathrooms, or laundry rooms. 

Deep Clean the Kitchen

The kitchen can contain everything that a pest needs to survive including food, water, and a place to hide. Ensure that counters, floors, oven burners, microwaves, the top of the refrigerator, inside drawers, and every other place that food could be hiding gets a thorough cleaning. Also take this time to make sure that all of your food is stored in tightly sealed containers that pests cannot access. 

Fix Any Leaky Pipes

While you are getting your home ready for spring, take a moment to check for leaks. Whether it’s a drippy sink faucet or a pipe in the basement that has a small leak, it’s important to get those fixed right away. Fix any pipe or faucet with a big or small leak to ensure that pests won’t be coming into your home for a cool drink during the spring and summer months. 

Take Out the Trash

Trash, especially food waste, is a big attraction for pests. Not only does it give them a food source, but it also increases the likelihood that they will spread disease. Pests who crawl through your garbage can spread those germs to your kitchen counters, pantry, and even your food if it is not tightly sealed. Ensure that you are taking out the trash frequently and keep your trash cans away from your house. If pests do dig through your outdoor trash, you don’t want them making their way into your home when they are done with the garbage. 

Seal Cracks

While you’re cleaning up, inspect your home for cracks in the walls and around windows and doors. Seal any cracks you find, big or small, in order to ensure that pests do not have an easy way into your home. 

Keep Up With the Landscaping

Pests like to hide outside in overgrown bushes, trees, and shrubs. Make sure that you are keeping up with the landscaping so that pests don’t have a place to live, whether that means making a landscaping schedule or hiring a professional landscaping company. 

Hire Earthwise for Sacramento Pest Control

If you want to ensure that your Sacramento home stays free from pests such as rodents, spiders, ants, termites, cockroaches, and other creatures this spring, Earthwise Pest Management can help. We can help get rid of any current infestations and prevent future pest problems with our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) process. Contact us to learn more about IPM and to hire us for any of your Sacramento pest control needs.