Your Quick Hit Household Guide to Preventing Pests

Spring has finally arrived and the pests are now waking up. If you are tackling home improvements, you can avoid a pest infestation at the Lake of the Ozarks by adding some things to your to-do list. With the help of the best pest control company at Lake of the Ozarks, you can maintain a healthy living environment and ward off pests this spring. Here is a household guide of things you can do to avoid a pest infestation this spring:

Your kitchen can become a common gathering place for ants. This is because the kitchen provides easy access to food and water sources. Ants march through your home in search of crumbs or overripe fruit sitting on the counter top and sticky residue from spilled liquid. To make your kitchen less attractive to ants, keep your kitchen clean and sanitized on a regular basis. Here are some other things you can do to try to keep ants at bay:
  • Discard stale spices and other dated items such as flour
  • Wipe down the inside of your cabinets and install fresh shelf paper
  • Vacuum behind kitchen appliances
  • Disinfect your kitchen counters and floors 
Many pests like cockroaches are attracted to moisture and can be frequently found in bathrooms. Eliminating sources of water in your bathroom is the best way to prevent pest infestations. Check under the sink and around the bathtub to ensure there is no moisture from leaky pipes or faucets. In addition, wash the shower curtain and liner and clean out drawers and medicine cabinets.

Rodents, spiders, and a host of other pests can take up residence in your basement. The reason why pests find basements so attractive is because they tend to be dark and cluttered, which provide ideal places for them to hide. Spring is a good time to go through your belongings and pitch things you don't need. Replace any cardboard boxes with plastic storage bins with tight fitting lids. Seal any cracks or crevices to prevent any pests from entering your home. Mice are able to fit through an opening the size of a dime and insects can fit through a paper-thin crack to gain entry.

Outdoor Space
Once you have gone through the interior of your home, examine your outdoor living space. Look for any damage done over the winter. Rotted wood and shingles can attract termites and other insects. Clean out clogged gutters and downspouts before April rain showers. You may also need to repair ripped screens, replace weather stripping, and seal any loose mortar around the foundation. Cut back bushes in your yard so that branches are not touching the house, allowing easy access for pests to enter your home. Also, remove rotted tree stumps and keep mulch away from your home's foundation.

Best Pest Control Can Help You Combat Spring Pests 
Deter pests from invading your home and living space this spring, by taking some extra measures in each room and your outdoor living space. Best Pest Control offers treatments for all pests that affect Central Missouri, so you don't have to worry about a pest problem at the Lake of the Ozarks this spring!


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