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Preparing for pests this spring

It’s getting hot in the valley, and that means the pests are in full force! According to our Pest Activity Chart, it looks like earwigs and fleas are becoming active this month. With scorpions, crickets, spiders, and other critters already active, what can you do to protect your home and family from these annoying pests? Here is our list of top protection tips:

1. Seal those crevices

While this one might seem obvious, your house can have many cracks and holes inside cupboards, cabinets, exterior walls, pipe openings or behind appliances. Turn the hunt into a fun scavenger hunt! You can have the entire family search the house for small openings and cracks that might be letting ants and roaches into the house. It’s the pest control version of an easter egg hunt. When your family has found all of the possible “doors for pests”, caulk them up. You can find a caulking gun at your local hardware store.

2. Close exterior doorway gaps

When you close your garage door, does a little bit of light peek out of the area between the door and the ground? If so, that’s enough room for bugs to get through! You can find door sweeps at your local hardware store – they’re easy to install, and another fun family project.

3. Keep it clean!

Bugs love food. While a crumb may not be much to you, that much food can be a pleasant dinner for an ant. As much as possible, vacuum and mop your house to ensure all of the crumbs and food remnants are removed from your floor. Also, don’t let food sit around on the kitchen counter without being in a seal container – ants and other critters can sense the available food and make their way up to the source.

Do you have your own tips?

Post your tips in the comments section below. Maybe you have some tricks that you have found to prevent slugs outside? Ant hill removal tricks? Let us know below.

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