Many homeowners along the Wasatch front deal with a variety of household pests on a regular basis—black widows and other spiders, boxelder bugs, ants, wasps, and yellowjackets, for example. And while pest infestation may seem like a natural part of homeownership here in Utah, the good news is that there are actually a variety of ways to manage and prevent pest infestation in your home. Here is a look at four key steps you can take as a homeowner to manage pests and prevent them from entering your home.
1. Hire a pest control specialist.
First things first—you’ll want to have your home professionally treated by a pest control specialist. This will keep your pest problem from escalating further as you work to reduce pest infestation. A pest control specialist will spray inside and around your home to prevent bugs and insects from moving inside. For best results, you should go with a pest control specialist who offers multiple treatments within peak season for pests. Stewart’s, for example, offers a special pest control program: we perform four applications during the spring, summer, and fall when bugs and insects are the most active.
2. Seal your windows and doors.
Do a thorough inspection of the doors and windows throughout your home. Do you notice any drafts or breaks in the caulking? If so, your window or door could use some re-caulking. This is usually as simple as removing the old caulk and applying new caulk. Be sure to inspect the windowpanes on your windows as well. Do they rattle when you tap them? If so, this means that the putty there has aged, which has loosened the seal. Reseal your windows (if necessary) to eliminate any entrance points for bugs and insects. Refer to this checklist when examining your home:
- Check for drafts near and cracks in the caulking of doorways and windows
- Re-caulk any cracks
- Check your windowpanes for rattling
- Reseal your windows with new putty
3. Trim your trees.
Next, you’ll want to trim the trees and shrubs near your home. Bugs and insects thrive in trees and shrubs, so trimming them will help disturb their homes—and keep them in further proximity from your home. As you trim your trees and shrubs, be sure to clear away all debris and leaves because pests could be lurking there.
4. Deep clean your home.
Finally, deep cleaning your home can help you eliminate any pest infestation you may already have. And don’t worry—you can focus on just a few aspects of home cleaning to be effective here. You’ll want to do the following:
- Eliminate clutter
- Vacuum all floors and corners
- Tidy up the areas where you store food