A Mild Mississippi Winter Leads To More Bugs This Spring

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Pest pressures come and go with the seasons, and how cold our winters are directly affects how bad pests will be in the spring. Why is this the case? Well, many pests have a certain temperature tolerance. If it gets too cold out, they will either die or go into hibernation. Due to the mild winter we are just coming out of, many pests were able to survive when they usually wouldn’t have. What does this mean for you and your home? It means more bugs. How can you stop them? We have some suggestions that should help you out.

The Best Place To Start With Pest Prevention

Not all pests are drawn into homes by the same things. That being said, there is one thing you can do to begin to prevent a wide range of common household pests. A thorough cleaning and de-cluttering of your home are what we are talking about. The reason this is so helpful is because this reduces available food sources and eliminates harborage opportunities. Naturally, the less food and shelter pests can find inside your home, the less likely they will be to stick around if they do happen to stumble inside.
When cleaning your home, do not neglect to get under kitchen appliances as well as furniture. These areas are common places for forgotten food and drink messes. Another thing we recommend is to de-clutter storage areas. Move things around so they fit more tightly. This eliminates spaces pests use to hide.

Other Prevention Tips For General Pest Control

  • Besides keeping your home clean, there are a number of things you can do to prevent pests from causing trouble around your home. Here are some things you can do to make your home less attractive and accessible to pests.
  • Purchase a caulking gun and some quality caulk at your local home improvement store. Use this gun to seal gaps around utility piping leading into your home, spacing around window and door frames, and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.
  • Address moisture issues in and around your home. This can be done by repairing leaky piping, fixing broken gutters, trimming back bushes and tree branches from your home’s exterior, eliminating sources of standing water, and using a dehumidifier in particularly humid rooms of your home.
  • Be careful not to leave out leftover foods or beverages. When you are done eating, package up leftovers inside airtight containers, and pour out or store leftover drinks. Make sure that pet food is also stored inside airtight containers.
  • Keep your lawn and landscaping well maintained. This involves mowing regularly, trimming greenery, and picking up fruit that has dropped from trees on your property.
  • If you have pets, make sure you pick up and clean out their food and water bowls after they are done using them.
  • Make sure both your exterior and your interior trashcans are equipped with tight-fitting lids.
  • Check window and door screens around your home and make sure they are in good condition.
  • If not already done, install door sweeps under exterior doors leading out of your home.

How Havard Can Help You Keep Pests Away

Keeping up with pest prevention is not an easy task, but it can be when you hire Havard Pest Control. Our team of experts makes pest control simple for you and your family. All you have to do is pick a plan that best suits your needs, and one of our qualified pest technicians will take care of the rest. With this year looking like a doozy for pest problems, we recommend acting fast.
Reach out to us today to find your best solution for pest problems around your Mississippi home.