When it comes to pests, there's no such thing as a safe season. Unfortunately, you're going to have to worry about pest problems all year long. However, pests do tend to become more of a problem during the warmer months. That's why it's so important that you end the winter preparing your home for the onslaught of spring time pests. Spring is when the ants, spiders, roaches, and even mice will start coming out of the woodwork – and the wood piles – to seek refuge in your home. Now that spring is just about here, and your yard is starting to thaw out, here are four important steps you can take to stop the pest problem before it happens.
Get Rid of the Standing Water
Whether you've had a rainy winter, or a snow-packed winter, the end-result is going to be the same. Your yard is going to be filled with puddles of standing water. Unfortunately, if those puddles are still there when the weather starts to warm up, they're going to be a welcomed sight for pests of all types. To make sure that doesn't happen, you'll want to get rid of all the standing water in your yard.
Check Out Your Rain Gutters
If you're like most people, you've probably been ignoring your rain gutters all winter long. Unfortunately, while you've been ignoring them, they could have been filling with debris that will provide a safe haven for rodents. Not only that, but if they weren't draining properly during the winter, they could be another spot where you'll find standing water. Now that things are starting to thaw out, take a moment to inspect your rain gutters. Getting rid of the debris and the standing water will help keep the pests away.
Take a Closer Inspection
Take a look around your yard. You might not realize this, but pests could be hiding right under your nose. They could be under your flower pots that you haven't looked at since the weather turned cold. They could even be hiding under your lawn furniture, or even the weeds that are growing up against your home. To make sure you've located all the potential pest problems, take a closer inspection around your yard.
Schedule an Initial Pesticide Treatment
If your pest control technician hasn't made a service call during the fall and winter, now's a good time to call a pest control service and schedule an appointment. Scheduling an initial pesticide treatment will ensure that your home is properly protected against the spring pest invasion that is bound to happen. For maximum protection, be sure to have your home and your yard treated with pesticide.