McKinney's Spring Pest Prevention Guide  

4/15/2020

It can get pretty hot here in McKinney, but it never really gets that cold. Although 50 degrees might seem freezing for some locals used to the scorching heat of summer, it doesn’t feel that chilly for many bothersome pests. For most pests, temperatures have to reach below freezing to have any effect on their activity. Since we almost never see really low temperatures here in Texas, pests never feel the need to hibernate or flee from the cold. What does this mean for you as a homeowner? It means you have to be extra vigilant when fighting back against pests. To do this, here is our spring prevention guide to keeping your home pest-free.

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Step 1: A Good Spring Cleaning

Although not all pests prefer a dirty home, enough do to make cleanliness a big priority. We recommend using this year’s spring cleaning to start a trend of cleanliness within your own home. To do this, consider the following steps.

  • Dust off surfaces throughout your home.

  • Wipe down countertops and tables using some form of disinfectant cleaning solution. 

  • Wipe grease and or other filth off of walls and ceilings.

  • Thoroughly clean floors, not neglecting beneath large appliances such as ovens, dishwashers, and refrigerators. In addition to this, move furniture around so you don't miss any spots.

  • Tidy up storage areas around your home and consider repackaging paper or fabric-based items into sealable plastic containers.

Step 2: Reduce Food Attractants

Even if you aren’t leaving messes of food around your home, pests can often still find a good meal. Here are some things you can do to reduce food attractants around your home.

  • Do not leave leftover food out on countertops or tables. Instead store it inside airtight glass, plastic, or metal containers.

  • Pick up pet food and water bowls once pets are done using them.

  • Repackage foods stored in cardboard such as cereal into more durable sealable containers.

Step 3: Eliminate Entry Points

Pests can’t cause trouble inside your home if they can’t find a way inside, right? Here are some things you can do to eliminate entry points pests might use to get inside.

  • Use a caulking gun to seal up gaps and cracks in your home’s foundation.

  • Do the same for gaps around window and door frames as well as utility piping leading into your home.

  • Fix or replace broken window/door screening around your home.

  • Install door sweeps under all exterior exits of your home.

  • Invest in a well-made chimney cap designed to keep out pests.

Step 4: Reduce Moisture

Just like humans, pests need water to survive. To limit their access to this necessity within your home, here are some things you can do.

  • Make sure your gutters are in good working order.

  • Have any leaks found inside your home fixed.

  • Eliminate sources of standing water in or around your home.

  • Use a dehumidifier if your home is particularly humid.

In addition to this, make sure there is a non-wood barrier between exterior soil and the wood of your home, this will aid in keeping away pests such as termites.

Step 5: Invest In A Quality Pest Control Plan

Keeping your home pest-free is no easy task. We know this here at Around The Block Pest Control. For this reason, we have made year-round pest control easy. With our services, your home gets guaranteed protection from a wide range of dangerous, annoying, and destructive pests. No more ants in the kitchen or cockroaches in the bathroom, just results you can rely upon.
 
Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment for your McKinney home. Your solution to pest problems is right around the block.

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