Prevent Pests From Crashing your Spring Barbecue

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As the weather warms up, it’s always fun to start preparing your home for spring by buying new plants, doing yard work, and dusting off patio furniture. However, a common step that is often missed with home maintenance is investing in pest control. Just as you start to spend more time outdoors enjoying the weather, so do the bugs and insects.

Whether you’re hosting a spring barbecue or setting up a picnic, the last thing you probably want to deal with are bugs swarming you. Luckily, with sustainable pest control treatments at Dewey Pest Control, you can treat your home ahead of time to prevent pest infestation.

How To Protect Your Home or Business From Pests

When you discover pest infestation on your property, it can be hard to figure out what steps to take. Additionally, attempting to remove pests without professional help can be risky and is often not effective in the long term. At Dewey Pest Control, we provide effective pest control solutions to treat your home for indoor and outdoor pests. We’ll walk through ways to best prepare your home for spring.

Participate in Spring Cleaning

One of the biggest things you can do to help eradicate pests from creeping into your home is to thoroughly clean your space often. Vacuuming, dusting, and sweeping can help prevent easy hiding places for pests. Plus, cleaning up crumbs regularly can also deter pests from being attracted to your home or place of business.

Along with keeping a clean space, it is also important to minimize clutter. Having boxes or piles of clothes also creates an easy hiding spot for pests. To avoid bugs hiding inside and gnawing on your clothes, keeping them off the floor and hung up can help.

Remove the Source

Pests are always on the prowl for food and water sources. Leaving out food for easy access, such as at a barbecue, allows pests to smell it and come running. Many pests carry diseases and harmful bacteria, which can contaminate your food and spread easily. However, by removing food and water sources that are pest magnets to your home, you can avoid having to deal with these creatures

Clean Up Your Yard

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In addition to keeping the inside of your home clean, you can also keep pests away by doing the same with the exterior premise of your home. Fallen branches and leaves that aren’t maintained can be a shelter for pests. Pests such as termites hibernate and gnaw on wood, and if the wood or branches are close to the exterior of your walls, it can lead them to their next target, the structure of your home.

However, regularly trimming branches that scrape across your window seals and picking up any excess branches or leaves can help mitigate pest problems.

Keep Food Sealed

By keeping your food up and sealed and out of reach for pests can prevent them from discovering any food up for grabs. While hosting a dinner party or barbecue, consider covering prepared food with plastic wrap or leaving them in Tupperware or other containers with the lid on until they’re ready to serve.

Fix Any Water Leaks

Many pests such as mosquitoes and spiders tend to linger around damp, dark environments. Leaving a leaking sink or a pool of water can attract these pests. Help prevent pests from being attracted to your home by checking for any leaks and repairing them promptly.

It can also help to frequently empty any items around the exterior of your home that can hold water, such as buckets, waterers, and trash bins. It is also a good precaution to ensure windows and other openings to your basement or garage are sealed tightly.

Learn More About Spring Pest Control at Dewey Pest Control

The last thing you may want to do while discovering that a pest has invaded your home is get closer to it. However, it’s important to identify pests to figure out what type of infestation you’re dealing with. All pests bring risks such as disease and damage to your home, but some pests can be worse than others. For example, termites can ruin the entire structure of your home

Not sure what type of pest you’re dealing with? Our pest library can help identify the infestation. Our pest control experts at Dewey Pest Control have the tools to quickly identify signs of pest infestation, remove them, and prevent them from returning. With our integrated pest management program, we use safe products and methods to swiftly remove pests from your home and create a barrier to keep them from returning. Contact our team for a free quote or to schedule an appointment today!

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