Now that spring has finally arrived you will be spending the next couple of weekends tackling your spring cleaning to-do lists. And it is time to spruce up your backyard! Don’t forget the pest hot spots in the yard. Here are a few tips to help keep these pests at bay this spring:
- Start off by repairing fascia and rotted roof shingles as some insects are drawn to deteriorating wood.
- Clean out clogged gutters and downspouts to ensure they are properly functioning before the April showers roll in. Gutters are one of the most attractive places on your property for pests and insects to congregate are. When your gutters are full of leaves and other debris, the wet conditions attract pests such as wasps, roaches, bees, and birds.
- Repair ripped screens, replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows of your home.
- In the garden, don’t forget to trim bushes and branches away from your home to prevent spring bugs from moving in. If you don’t, insects such as carpenter ants and pavement ants will have easy access to the home or business. When trimming, make sure to keep trees and shrubbery about 6-10 inches away from the home.
- Remove rotted tree stumps and keep mulch at least 15 inches away from your home’s foundation. This is important as ants love to build their homes in dead logs or trees. Clear away debris like fallen tree branches or dead plants. Rake up fallen leaves and clear out any piles of moldy wood left over from the thaw.
Take advantage of a spruce up spring clean. It’s a great way to maintain a healthy living environment for your family. Afterwards, pests will find it very difficult to invade your outdoor living space.