Five Easy & Effective Tips To Keep Spring Pests Out Of Your Tulsa Home
March 23, 2021
Every now and then, the Tulsa weather will be nice to us and provide a break from pests in the winter. However, even if this is the case, pests can come back with a vengeance as the weather thaws. There’s a reason they call it spring cleaning, and if you’re not adding some pest prevention practices into that home maintenance regimen, then you might quickly regret it.
Springtime Problem Pests
As the weather warms up, there are hundreds of different pests that could invade your property, but the four most common are ants, spiders, flies, and cockroaches. While these may not seem like anything out of the ordinary, you’d be surprised at how much danger and destruction these pests can bring to your home when they invade in large numbers.
While many ants get placed into the nuisance pest category, some of them can cause big problems. Carpenter ants, for instance, are large, black ants that make nests in the wooden structures of homes. Over time, they can cause severe structural damage, while other ants, like fire ants and pharaoh ants, bring health concerns.
If flies or roaches invade your Tulsa property, they can bring health hazards as well. Since they love to hang around highly contaminated places like landfills and sewers, looking for their next meal source, these pests can bring a variety of dangerous bacteria into your home. Fly and cockroach infestations can lead to salmonella, E.coli, and more.
Now, spiders, on the other hand, are not necessarily dangerous themselves. Many people like to keep them around their farms as a form of natural pest control, but their affinity for eating insects may cause concern in your home. During the winter, spiders will crawl inside your walls to try and find any pests that may be nesting to avoid the cold weather. You might not see this activity within your walls at the time, but springtime can reveal full-grown spiders that are running out of room and setting up shop in the higher-traffic areas of your home.
While most spiders aren’t harmful, their webs can be unsightly and uncomfortable in your living spaces. Plus, the brown recluse and black widow spiders might wind up in your home and yard if they’re using the warm weather to search for new pest prey, and these two venomous spiders can cause severe health issues.
The Five Best Prevention Tip
If you want to keep insects and the spiders that hunt them out of your home and off of your property, here are the best five ways to limit your chances of an infestation:
Deep cleaning: regularly cleaning your house can limit the number of loose crumbs that attract pests. Don’t forget about low-traffic and often-forgotten areas like under heavy appliances, in the backs of closets, and in basements and attics.
Proper food and trash storage: many of the home-invading pests in the area are not only talented at squeezing their way into your house, but they’re also very good at squeezing into containers. Make sure all food and trash is stored in plastic or metal containers with tightly sealed lids.
Lawn maintenance: keeping the lawn free of clutter and evenly mowed can reduce moisture buildup and limit the number of hiding places that allow pests to get close to your house.
Addressing moisture issues: Inside your house, moisture buildup will attract many pests like roaches and ants. Use a dehumidifier in your crawlspaces and other poorly ventilated areas, and make sure to monitor your pipes for even the smallest leaks.
Identifying entry points: any cracks, crevices, or damaged screens can be potential entry points for pests. New weatherstripping should be applied around all exterior doors each spring, and you should seal up cracks with silicone-based caulking.
While these methods can help limit your chances, there are no guaranteed do-it-yourself pest prevention methods, especially when spring rolls around. That’s why the best form of pest protection is with on-going assistance from the professionals at Dandi Guaranty. Give us a call today before you spend your spring dealing with pests.