Spring Cleaning Tips To Help Avoid Pests◀ Back To Blog
April 19, 2018
It's warming up outside and that means it's time to start getting out into the yard to do spring clean up. We probably don't have to tell you how nice it is after you get all the sticks, leaves, and other organic debris picked up. That is the major reason we get out there and do all that work. But are you aware that spring cleaning can significantly help you reduce pest pressures in your yard? Let's talk a little about what pest pressures are and connect it with some spring cleaning tips that will help you avoid pests.
Bugs and wildlife never stop encroaching. It isn't their fault. They're just doing what they were born to do. They don't realize that their activity is a threat to you. As they spread and grow their populations, they begin to enter your yard. If you get enough pests in your yard, they will begin to apply pressure to your exterior walls, exploring every inch for tiny holes you don't even know exist. When you do spring cleaning, you can actually reduce the attractiveness of your yard. It doesn't mean you won't have any pests at all, but you'll definitely have lower populations.
Ways Your Spring Cleanup Can Affect Pests
When leaves get into your gutter system it can create two problems. First, it will create clogs that can give mosquitoes locations to breed. A mosquito only needs half a cup of water to breed in your yard. Second, it will allow water to run down the side of your home. When it does, it will create moisture near your foundation walls. That moisture will be attractive to a wide range of pests including termites and carpenter ants.
When you have leaves in your yard, or near your foundation walls, it will create moisture throughout your yard. This can draw in ants, cockroaches, and many other insects that enjoy moisture.
When you trim bushes and tree branches, you make your home less accessible to many critters that use them as bridges to get to your walls and roofline.
When you remove or store lawn clutter, you give fewer harborage options. This will help you reduce spiders, rodents, and more.
As you're out in your yard getting it beautiful for spring and summer fun, remember that all that work you are doing also has an effect on pest pressures. And, if you want even more control of pests in your yard, reach out to Thomas Pest Services. Fewer pests in your yard means less chance of an infestation. THAT is the biggest tip of all.