Spring Pest Control Tips

Time for Spring Cleaning

Months of winter snow and moisture leave behind a trail of gray, dingy decks and home exteriors dulled by dirt and mildew.

A few cans of varnish and paint may seem like the logical solution but before you break out the paintbrushes, consider power washing the external walls and surfaces of your home to remove the build-up of dirt and mildew from wood, siding, and masonry.

Power Washing

A new coat of paint may not be necessary once the dirt is rinsed away, but if it is, power washing also effectively removes old flaking paint and leaves a clean surface primed for new paint.

New paint or not, power washing is a great way to spruce up the overall look of your house and can be completed in a short period of time.

Power washers are available to rent or buy for personal use, but can be both expensive and dangerous.

Precautions are necessary when using power wash equipment, and in many cases it may be wiser to hire a professional rather than trying to do the job yourself.

Used inappropriately, the high-velocity sprays and detergents used in power washing can damage your home or landscaping and in some cases, cause injury.

Services Offered by Western

Western Pest Services is a full-service company offering more than pest-control services.

Our professional home services include:

  • Power washing
  • Gutter cleaning
  • Chimney capping
  • Crawl space ventilation
  • Moisture barrier installation

Our power wash solutions are environmentally friendly and will leave your home or deck looking like new in no time.

Cleanliness & Sanitation

A clean home is a safe home. The most important aspect of any pest-free home is a clean and well-maintained environment, both on the inside and the outside.

There are many steps any homeowner can follow in order to prevent pest infestations as the weather becomes warmer and the bugs come swarming. Knowing whether or not you need a professional’s assistance can ensure personal and home safety.

Pest Prevention: Behind Closed Doors

Effective spring cleaning on the inside of your home can help prevent possible bug infestations and help you discover a problem before it becomes worse…or more expensive than it needs to be.

  • Eliminate clutter: Many different pests enjoy warm, enclosed spaces and a room full of clutter would be heaven for many critters. Go through cabinets to see if there is open/expired food: An open box of goodies will entice hungry pests like ants, Indian meal moths, stored product beetles, or roaches.
  • Regular cleaning: This is one of the best ways to identify and eliminate pest problems. Eliminating dust and dirt, while examining the smaller areas in your home, are effective tactics.
  • Crawlspace check: Certain wood eaters and insects adore moisture and it is important to check your crawl spaces to make sure there isn’t excessive moisture attracting pests.
  • Keeping pests out in Spring with simple repairs: Address torn screen gaps, cracks near windows, missing door sweeps, or broken windows in attics.
  • Be in the know: Stay well-informed about the potential for specific types of pests in your area.

Outdoor Fun

Landscaping factors have a direct effect on pest control. The more you know, the better suited you are to create a beautiful area around your home while preventing pests from ruining all of your hard work.

  • Gutters: Moisture may be a breeding ground for insects like mosquitoes. Proper gutter maintenance and moisture control is necessary in order to prevent these critters from developing in your gutters. Point gutter spouts away from the home to prevent sources of pest development and water damage to the home. Professional gutter protection services can make this worry-free.
  • Mulch: Keep the mulch away! Pests absolutely love mulch because it is warm, moist, and comfy. If you or your landscaper places the mulch too close to the perimeter of your home, the risk of an infestation is greatly increased. Generally, the thicker the mulch layer, the more suitable conditions may be for pests to thrive in the mulch beds.
  • Vegetation: Keep vegetation a safe distance away from the home as well. It is also important to clean up after fruit trees, because many ants and insects love to eat sweets. Never allow vegetation to come in contact with the exterior of your home.

While all of these tips can help you maintain a healthy and clean household, there are certain aspects of home clean-up that should be left to the professionals from a personal safety standpoint.

Household Maintenance
There are aspects of home maintenance that are suitable DIY projects:

  • Clutter reduction
  • Landscape clean-up
  • Regular cleaning of interiors, garages and storage sheds
  • Elimination of standing water and at least weekly maintenance of water sources such as bird baths

Call the Experts

There are things that are best handled by professionals, including:

  • Tree trimming
  • Gutter cleaning
  • Pest control

Spring cleaning and home maintenance may not be the most enjoyable project you have on your “to do” list, but it reduces clutter from your home and allows you to enjoy the warm weather that is quickly approaching.

Since we do not want pests to enjoy it with you, and you may need help uncovering the factors that can drive pests into your home, contact Western today for a free home inspection.

Learn more about Western’s comprehensive Home Pest Control Plans.

Call for service: (800) 768-6109