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As the calendar turns to March, many people are starting to realize their winter dreams of backyard barbecues and long, sunny afternoons. However, if pests had it their way, they’ll crash the party before you even start to enjoy the warmer temperatures, bringing with them their colonies, disease and other health hazards. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. We’re here to tell you that there are methods you can use to cut down on your insect problems this season. While there are many things that you can do, here are the top five pest prevention tips to keep your home free of insects this spring and summer!
Seal Doors, Windows & Openings
First, it’s smart to seal any openings that an insect may use to gain access to your home. Start with the obvious places, doors and windows, and move to lesser-thought-of areas like around plumbing, light sockets and other tiny spaces you can find throughout your home. From a tiny crack in the wall to the space underneath your door, it’s important to seal off any and all access points that you can find!
Keep Clean & Tidy
When pests make their way inside the home, they’re usually looking for two things – food and shelter. Don’t aid their search by leaving out old food containers, leftovers or even crumbs. Additionally, clean up all clutter, such as piles of clothing and unread mail, to ensure there are no places for these critters to hide and reproduce.
Fix Plumbing Leaks
Many insects are drawn to damp environments, which makes your pipes and space around any plumbing fixture a place that could be targeted by bugs. Insulate pipes with foam insulation to cover condensation and fix any leaks that could be attracting insects. You want to be relaxing by the water all summer, not providing a resort for pests to enjoy inside your home.
There are many things that you can do inside the home for pest prevention. However, there are some things you can do outside the home, as well. Keeping a yard that’s clear of brush piles, log piles, and other detritus materials. Moreover, any organic material left near or up against the home (like a pile of logs) could harbor an entire colony and provide an easy access point for termites, rodents and more.
Call a Professional
While the other tips can be highly effective at preventing insects, they only real way to keep your home bug-free is to call the professionals for pest treatments that are catered to your specific needs. Professional pest control specialists can identify your risk areas, find current infestation and provide treatments for both. Contact Imel in the Columbia, IL area for more about how professional pest control can benefit you!
Keep pests from cozying up indoors with you!
It’s still February in Granite City, IL, which means you’re probably huddled up inside, enjoying the radiant warmth of your home’s heating system and keeping yourself out of blustery winter conditions. However, it’s not just you that’s enjoying your warm home. More often than not, pests are also using your home as a refuge from the wet and the cold during this season. While the idea of sharing your Winter retreat with a bunch of insects may be unbearable, there are things that you can do to limit the infestation of pests, rodents and other bugs this winter. Read below for realistic tips that you can use to keep your home pest-free!
Keep Food Sealed
There are two main reasons that pests come into your home during the Winter months: food and warmth. By keeping food in sealed storage containers, you’ll make it hard for pests to smell the food and to access to food if they find it. If they can’t find a source of food, there’s no reason for them to be there.
Seal Cracks & Holes
While you may not think about it, there are probably quite a few cracks and holes in the exterior of your home for pests and rodents to fit into. Whether it’s spaces around plumbing fixtures and pipes, small cracks that have appeared over time or even your chimney, it’s important to do an inspection, find and seal any openings on the structure of your home.
One of the easiest steps that you can take to keep your home pest-free is by organizing your clutter. Rodents, in particular, love cluttered messes of junk, debris, garbage, brush, etc. It gives them a place to hang out and stay safe while allowing them to access the warmth of the house. By clearing clutter, you’re giving potential pests fewer places to base their operations.
Proper Firewood Storage
Many families in the Granite City, IL area rely on the use of a fireplace to keep their home’s warm and their heating bills down. However, it’s important to ensure that you’re using the right storage techniques and practices. Like brush piles or piles of clutter, firewood provides a great environment for pests to hide in with easy access to your home. They can even hitch a fast ride inside when you bring some into place on the fire.
The best practice is to keep a pile of wood outside, covered from the weather and far enough away that pests won’t have access to your home. Also, bring wood inside as you need it to limit the unwanted guests that find their way inside.
While you’re rushing around to clean the clutter in your garage or around your home, you may be missing one important place that could harbor all sorts of pests and rodents. We’re talking about your gutters, of course. If your gutters are filled with leaves and other debris, this provides an optimal environment for pests during the winter, and it gives them easy roof access.
Do an Inspection
The best tip that we can give you is to do an inspection yourself. Use the tips that we have provided to evaluate your home and find places where your pest protection is lacking. The more you look, the more you’ll find potential points of entry and ways to keep pests out of your home!
Call a Professional
Worried that pests have too much access to your home? Especially for rural homes, even pest prevention tips may not help keep all the pests out. Don’t hesitate to call a local pest professional for the help you need to keep your home pest-free!
Holiday Pest Control Tips: Stay merry without pests
Plan to have festive family get-togethers this year? Entertaining friends and co-workers for a year-end bash? Orchestrating a fun-filled staycation at home? Don’t let uninvited guests – pests – ruin your plans. Control insects before they get cozy for the winter with professional pest control services in Maryville, IL.
Holiday Pest Myths
When winter comes along, many people think that Maryville, IL’s pests won’t show their faces (or legs) until the spring. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. As much as you’d like all your holiday wishes to come true, you’re likely to encounter a pest or two before the festive season is over. The truth is, winter can tempt pests to come indoors for a few reasons, such as:
- Many species of insects breed during the winter, and a warm, mostly undisturbed residence is a great place for them to do so.
- Staying warm and safe. Some pests, like rodents, breed in the fall, so you can expect babies to arrive around the holidays. It’s best to start pest extermination before the holiday season arrives. Homes are a warm, safe place for a family of rats to live.
- Once breeding has occurred, insect larvae need a safe, warm place to nest. This is often found in basements, within crevices, and behind walls.
Professional Exterminators in Maryville, IL
As Maryville, IL’s home for effective pest control, we offer a range of residential pest control services. Our exterminators are highly trained and qualified to seek out pests and rodents, treat affected areas and take preventive measures to keep pests away. Maryville residents continue to trust us because:
- We are members of the National Pest Management Association and the Illinois Pest Control Association
- We offer a 60-day warranty on all pest control services
- We use only child and pet-safe products
- We provide free, no-obligation inspections of your home
Create Critter-Free Holiday Memories
The last thing you want to be remembered for are party-crashing creepy crawlers at your holiday event. Start the pest removal process now with the help of Maryville, IL’s top pest control team: Imel Pest Control. Whether you already have a pest control problem or want to prevent one, we’re here to help. Contact us today at (618) 377-9839 to schedule a free estimate.