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9 Spring Pest Prevention Tips

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Spring. Hand drawn vintage lettering with floral decoration elemSpring will soon be upon us! We all look forward to saying goodbye to the days of shivering non-stop. It’s time to put those winter coats back into storage and enjoy the sun!

Spring and Summer are the times during the year where we can sit outside, and enjoy those long warm days. But, there’s something out there just waiting to spoil your summer time fun…pests!

Spring/summer pests

As the seasons change so do the pests which inhabit our homes and gardens. Autumn and winter is prime time for rodents, bed bugs and fleas, while spring and summer is ruled by stinging and biting insects to name a few.

Common spring/summer pests

As the spring and summer is a popular time for people to take a vacation and visit other countries, bed bugs can also be a problem during these months

Spring/summer prevention tips

Although there are a range of different pests looking to invade your home during the warmer months, there are a handful of prevention tips you can implement to help keep these pests away.

1. Roof

Damaged Roof Shingles

A damaged roof can provide pests with immediate access to your home.

Pests

Prevention tips:

  • Repair damaged roof tiles
  • Fill cracks in with roofing cement
  • Make sure drain pipes are clear from debris and standing water
  • Check the overhang of the roof and in between roof tiles for nests

2. Air vents

Brick Air Vent

Air vents can provide an easy entry point to your home. During the springtime when termite swarms start, this can make your home quite vulnerable.

Pests

  • Ants
  • Termites
  • Wasps

Prevention tip:

  • Install mesh airbrick ventilation covers

3. Attic

Old attic of a church

Your attic is an ideal place for some pests to set up camp and build their nests. The exposed wood beams and items stored in cardboard boxes can be a good source of food.

Pests

  • Hornets
  • Termites
  • Wasps

Prevention tips:

  • Store items in plastic boxes
  • Regularly inspect attic beams for termite damage by pressing your thumb on the timber to test if it is feeling soft and spongy

4. Bedroom

Cozy bedroom in modern design

Bedrooms can be a prime spot of pest activity. For some pests, like bed bugs, it can be a source of both food and refuge.

Pests

  • Bed bugs
  • Flies
  • Mosquitoes
  • Termites
  • Wasps

Prevention Tips:

  • Keep windows and doors shut
  • Reduce the amount of wooden furniture
  • Keep furniture away from walls
  • Regularly inspect for termite activity
  • Check beds, pillows, mattresses, bed frames and carpet for signs of bed bugs
  • Wash bed linen at a high temperature of at least 140℉, ideally for 90mins
  • Vacuum regularly

5. Windows

Vacant apartment, New York City, New York, USA

Left open, windows are a great entry route for pests into your home.

Pests

  • Ants
  • Bees
  • Flies
  • Hornets
  • Mosquitoes
  • Termites
  • Wasps

Prevention Tips:

  • Keep windows shut, especially during swarming periods for ants and termites
  • Install a fly screen to prevent flying insects

6. Garden

Vegetable garden

Gardens can act as a giant magnet for pests. Its full of food, places to live and breeding areas.

Pests

  • Ants
  • Bees
  • Flies
  • Hornets
  • Mosquitoes
  • Termites
  • Ticks
  • Wasps

Prevention Tips:

  • Remove standing water from buckets and other containers
  • Remove unwanted tree stumps
  • Keep piles of wood elevated and away from the foundations of your home
  • Keep shrubbery and vegetation to a minimum
  • Use mulch made from plastic, rubber, and gravel instead of wood
  • Seal cracks in patios
  • Keep compost in a container with a tight lid
  • Check garden regularly.

Want to know about garden pests? Click here.

7. Garage

American house exterior with two garage spaces, concrete floor driveway.

Garages aren’t only a great place to keep your car, they also provide pests with a place to nest and act as a stepping stone into your home.

Pests

  • Ants
  • Hornets
  • Termites
  • Wasps

Prevention Tips:

  • Check corners for wasps and hornet nests
  • Repair any damages to the infrastructure
  • Make sure garage is free from damp
  • Store items in plastic boxes and, ideally, off the floor
  • Ensure all entrances to your home, if any, are properly sealed

8. Kitchen

Kitchen in New Luxury Home

Kitchens are an ideal place for pests to forage for food. The abundance of food turns your kitchen into a free all-you-can-eat buffet for pests.

Pests

  • Ants
  • Flies
  • Termites
  • Wasps

Prevention Tips:

  • Empty garbage cans on a daily basis
  • Check pipes for leakage, and repair if necessary
  • Keep work surfaces clean and free from spillage and crumbs
  • Store food in airtight containers
  • Empty litter trays regularly
  • Don’t leave pet food out when temperatures are high

9. Garbage cans

Black Trash

Garbage cans outdoors act as an open invitation to a 5 star restaurant for pests.

Pests

  • Flies
  • Hornets
  • Wasps

Prevention Tips:

  • Do not overfill cans
  • Ensure all bins have tight fitting lids

Worried about pests this spring/summer?

Contact us for expert advice and solutions on how to get rid of pests in your home and garden. An Ehrlich pest control specialist will discuss what we can do for you to make sure your spring and summer is pest free.

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Ashley Smith

Ashley is a Digital Content Manager with Rentokil. She loves drinking coffee and spending time with her dogs.

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