It’s March, and springtime is finally on the horizon! However, if you ask anyone around the Metro St. Louis area about how their winter was, the response you will most likely get from them this year is, “What winter?”
That’s right – we’ve been blessed to have a mild winter this year. We’ve had maybe two winter storms this season, and even those “storms” pale in comparison to the typical snowstorms we experience here in the Metro St. Louis area.
There is a price that we will soon have to pay for experiencing a mild winter, though – INSECTS. Soon enough, the insects that have been hibernating throughout the winter will reappear in the coming weeks, and their numbers will increase as they breed in large numbers (the typical spider can live one to two seasons and can produce as many as 3,000 eggs!).
And those insects don’t just hang around outside, waiting to greet you whenever you set foot in their territory. They can also find hiding places inside your home to live and breed in. Once those insects hatch, their numbers will quickly increase, and you may find yourself with a big problem on your hands.
If you want to prevent insects from coming into your home (or if you need help in controlling an already existing problem), look no further! Just follow the I.N.S.P.E.C.T. way, and you should be on your way to being insect-free this spring!
INvestigate – Now’s the time to whip out that magnifying glass and give Sherlock Holmes a run for his money by becoming a great pest detective! Inside your home, you should open your food containers to make sure no critters have found their way inside, look for any pest droppings, look for cracks in any of your interior walls, and check any and all vents that lead to the outside. Look for holes in your window screens, too. If you find any holes, be sure to repair them! Keep in mind that insects like to hang out in cool, dark places like attics and basements, so be extra thorough in those areas!
Outside the home, you should check for cracks in any exterior walls or any holes in the exterior. Beware also of woodpiles and plants that may be a bit too close to your home, and check any structure that can potentially hold standing water (which mosquitoes LOVE to breed in). Keep your eyes out for any nests for those stinging insects on the ground, in the gutters, or tucked away in any corner, too.
Study – Have you found any critters that don’t belong in your home? This next step is for you! Be sure to identify your pest problem so you can use the proper method to solve and control the issue. Search reputable online sites to identify pests or you can simply contact your local garden store. They very well may have more insights into the sorts of pests that could pop up in your area.
Prepare – Once you’ve identified the issue, you need to arm yourself with the proper tools to get the job done. Do you need gloves? Or caulk? Perhaps insecticides or herbicides? Do your research – talk to professionals and use the right products to get the job done. This is the fastest way to effectively ridding yourself of your pest problems.
Eliminate – Now that you’ve identified the problems and have the tools and the talent to get the job done, it’s time to eliminate all access points that insects can get in through. Seal your windows, and caulk the gaps around the windows and doors. Fix your water leaks. Maintain neglected or overgrown shrubbery and trees near your home. You may not realize it, but by taking care of those areas outdoors, you are decreasing your risk for Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and infections and allergic reactions that come from bites and stings from ticks, fleas, and stinging insects. You’re also doing Fido a favor!
Clean – Now that things are sealed up, be sure to clean up your home! Store your cereals and other foods in plastic containers with secure lids so pests won’t find any food. Vacuum your floors, especially those hard-to-reach spots, and take extra care to clean dark corners.
Treat – Use the right type of pesticide products to protect your home, lawn, and community from pests! Be sure to carefully read labels and warnings with each pesticide. If you have a bigger pest problem such as a termite infestation or a wasp infestation in your basement, calling a professional is your best bet.
Are you ready to get the job done? Need help sealing off any entryways for those pesky pets? Call us here at Get It Done, Inc. at (314) 966-3251 or visit us at our website at www.getitdoneinc.com! Let us help you win the war against insects by fixing up your house the right way!