After-Christmas Clean-Up: The Christmas tree that was once the center of attention may have had a few unwelcomed stowaways, such as mites, bark beetles, and spiders. Thoroughly inspect the rugs, carpeting, and furniture around the tree and then carefully dispose of it so you don’t shake out the bugs! Seal up all your ornaments, tree lights, and other decorations in tight, impenetrable containers so that they are clean and ready to reuse again next year.
Maintain a clean kitchen: Beetle, pantry pests, ants, and roaches are attracted to food and food debris in your kitchen. To avoid these pests snacking on your leftovers keep your kitchen counters and floors clean, especially those hidden spaces underneath appliances. Store all food in sealed containers and don’t leave out uneaten pet food. For a pest-free home, a clean, sparkling kitchen is a must!
Seal potential entry points: Rodents, especially mice, and insects gain entry into homes through small gaps, cracks, and crevices around the foundation. Pay close attention to any small openings around your doors, windows, pipes, and vents and seal them properly. By locating and properly sealing these gaps, you’ll go a long way keeping pests where they belong -- on the outside looking in!
Remove pest attractants from your home’s exterior: Keep firewood, lumber, bricks, and stones away from your home, and don’t have mulch piled against your home. These materials are shelters for a variety of pests, and also create a source of standing water that pests just love. Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home on a raised cement structure and keep branches and shrubbery trimmed away from your home. For wildlife and insects, they are roadways to your home. Finally, keep your trash stored in containers that tightly close.
Should you find yourself with a pest problem, Cowleys is here to help!