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As the weather gets warmer, it’s time for the bugs to come out and play. Spring is the best time to clean your home and make sure it’s as pest-resistant as possible. To make sure your home stays pest-free for the foreseeable future, here are a few ways to get rid of the most common pests.

Termites

Beginning their infestation in early spring, termites can do some serious damage to the structure of your home. In order to keep the various types of termites out there from eating the wooden foundation of your home, lower the amount of moisture and humidity within your house. Allow for proper ventilation in attics, crawlspaces and basements to avoid swarms, and if you keep firewood, store it at least 20 feet from your house.

Ants

There are more than 20 different ant species that make a habit of infesting homes, schools and businesses. Not just a nuisance, ants can contaminate food and cause serious property damage over time. To keep them out, seal all cracks and crevices leading into your home. Throw out your trash regularly and keep sweeter foods in closed cabinets. Additionally, get rid of standing water and moisture near your house, and keep your home free of close hanging tree branches or plants.

Flies

House flies can spread disease organisms that contain feces, decaying matter and trash, contaminating the food and surfaces they land on. Known to carry over 100 different viruses, they can just as easily be disposed of with a few household changes. Clear countertops of lingering food and keep your trash tightly sealed. Repair any broken mesh screens around your house to prevent flies from gaining entry.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches can cause serious health problems with prolonged exposure, including E. coli and salmonella while triggering asthma and allergy symptoms. If you find a few scurrying through your home, it’s likely there are much more hiding in cracks throughout your home. As they’re attracted to food and moisture, vacuum frequently, store your food in airtight containers, seal any and all cracks you find, and eliminate moisture buildup, particularly in kitchens, bathrooms, basements and attics.

Bedbugs

One of the most common pests a homeowner can encounter, bedbugs don’t transmit harmful diseases. However, they can leave you covered in itchy, red welts for days. Bedbug infestations are difficult to control once they’ve gotten started, as they can fester in your upholstered furniture, mattresses, and clothing. To prevent them from entering your home, inspect your suitcases before you set foot inside after returning from a trip. In addition, wash all your clothes in hot water and dry them on the hottest cycle to kill any bedbugs on them.

 

At Burlington Pest Control, we provide 24/7 pest control services for a variety of insects and rodents. Located in Burlington, Ontario, our pest control company assists residential or commercial clients with a 100% money back guarantee. With more than 30 years of experience, be sure to visit our website to book a free consultation.