With the weather finally returning to something most Floridians can tolerate, there’s one pesky thing you should worry about – and no, it’s not the pollen covering your car. After a winter of not worrying about most bugs and pests, we often forget that spring brings many pests back to your home.
Florida Pest Control is the best in the business at controlling household bugs and yard pests, but there are still a handful of things you can do to aid in preventing bugs from moving in with you this spring. Here are a few simple tips.
Trim Nearby Plants and Shrubs
Trimming all shrubs and trees branches away from your house serves a handful of pest control needs. Rodents like squirrels often use overhanging tree branches to infiltrate your attic and roof, while certain species of ants will use tree limbs touching a house as a bridge to gain access. Shrubs too close to a house can limit the airflow next to the building, creating wet conditions and decay that insects just love!
Many people assume that mosquitos live in water, but thick shrubs are actually one of the most common homes of mosquitos, which hide from the sun in thick vegetation. Thinning bushes and shrubs is one of the easiest ways to reduce mosquitos by limiting their habitats.
Clear Debris from the Home’s Perimeter
Just like mosquitos love shady shrubs, termites and carpenter ants thrive in stacks of moist wood or thick mulch near your exterior walls. Termites typically need wood to contact the ground to find food and survive, so thick mulch or piles of firewood near a house can quickly become home to termites and ants. These areas are also appealing to other six-legged critters such as roaches, earwigs, and silverfish.
Keep a Tidy Lawn
An overgrown lawn will quickly become home to any number of pests, including ones that can harm your pets. In addition to biting insects like ticks and fleas, an overgrown lawn can harbor rodents, snakes, and really any pest that prefers to hide. We know how much of a pain regular lawn maintenance can be, but you’ll appreciate the lack of annoying pests it brings.
Check and Clean Gutters
When it comes to your gutters, an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality is pretty much guaranteed to result in an insect problem of one kind or another. Gutters filled with leaves and debris make the perfect home for ants, roaches, mosquitos, and almost every other kind of pest. Many homeowners often forget to empty their gutters, leading to water damage and an invisible home to many pests. Luckily, gutter cleaning doesn’t have to be a difficult process.
If you think you may have a spring pest issue contact a Florida Pest Control representative today, but these simple tips can help keep your home from being overrun by spring pests.