Pest Control News

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Spring Cleaning – The Effective Pest Control Method!

As winter nears its end, the temperature will start to creep up, the days become longer and we can start to uncoil ourselves from our winter clothes and coats. 
Although the winter of 2015 in Britain may not have been endless days and nights of sub-zero temperature, but weeks and months of rain, spring can be a time that we throw open the doors and windows. Reinvigorated, we can set about making all kinds of changes including the annual spring clean. 
The tradition of the spring clean has its roots in centuries past. Some experts suggest it is linked to the preparation for the Jewish festival, Passover but others say that it re-dates this, with its roots being in the Persian calendar. The spring clean is these times meant to ‘shake the house’, removing the staleness of winter. 
Regardless of its origins, the spring clean is the perfect opportunity to practice pest prevention in and around the home. Just like us humans, pests of all kinds are also waking from their winter hiatus and hibernation thus, ensuring that your property, including the garden, is attractive to the right bugs and birds – and not to rodents, bees, wasps and so on. 
  • Seal holes and cracks
As you tidy the exterior of your home, if you notice any damage such as holes etc., either take steps to fill and seal them, or buy in the services of a local builder or property maintenance firm. These holes, no matter how small, can be the entry points for all kinds of pests into the home. 
  • General maintenance
Leaks and other issues also need to be dealt with these as these too can be attractive to some kinds of pests. 
  • Sheds and garages
Look out for lone queen wasps buzzing around sheds, garages, the porch and so on in early spring. The mated queen will be looking for somewhere to start building her nest for the coming summer. But, if do spot one, always seek the professional services of a pest control technician. 
  • Clean the bins!
Wheelies bins, food collection buckets and so on can become clogged and smelly with food detritus and debris. As this food breaks down, it gives off a smell that is putrid to our nostrils but a delicious aroma to flies. Take advantage of the warmer weather to power hose wheelie bins and so on. 
  • Spring clean the kitchen cupboards
Clean the kitchen cupboards and pantry thoroughly with hot water and some form of detergent. Not the most popular of jobs but spilt food, jars that have spoiled contents and so on can be attractive to various pests. The humble ant, hungry after its long winter underground can detect sweet smelling items and with the aid of its colleagues, will attempt to take as much of it back to the colony as possible. 

With pests being opportunistic in their behaviour, removing some of the attractions can be one of the most effective pest control measures you can take.