spring cleaning

Our region got a taste of nice weather last week so, naturally, residents of Springfield, Massachusetts, and Hartford, Connecticut are starting to think about Spring cleaning! Especially after a frigid Winter where many residents were stuck inside, there may be some big items to tackle on your cleaning list. While your list may already be a little long, let us give you a few items to add that can have a significant impact on preventing pest infestations.

How is Spring Cleaning Helpful for Fighting Allergies?

Cockroach saliva, droppings, and decomposing insect bodies comprise allergen proteins known to prompt symptoms, especially in children. Certain species of stinging insects, such as yellow jackets, wasps, bees, and fire ants, can cause serious reactions in people whose immune systems overreact to the venom. The hair, dander, urine, feces, and saliva of rodents can cause allergic reactions just like dogs and cats can. Approximately 20 million Americans have dust mite allergies. The tiny bugs can cause allergies year-round but are particularly triggering when combined with other allergens of spring.

Many pests don’t pose health risks, but some can carry certain diseases, like salmonella and hantavirus. It’s not too early to think about sealing gaps and cracks around your home to prevent pest entry!

Clean Yard, Clean Mind

Now that the snow has melted, taking care of your yard is now far more doable. Cut back any branches or overgrown shrubbery that may be touching the house. This will help prevent many pests from gaining access, like ants, termites, and even squirrels! Seal or repair any tiny cracks where pests could come in, and repair or replace torn window screens.

Standing water, water-damaged wood, and moisture, in general, are some of the main attractors of many pests. Be sure to check pipes and plumbing for any leaks, clean up spills, and repair places where water could be getting into the home.

Indoor Spring Cleaning Is Just as Important

Many Spring pests are aggressively looking for food sources now that they’re into prime gathering season. Everything from mice to ants will seek the smallest amounts of food, like crumbs, spilled liquids, and even your pet’s food!

Be prompt with doing dishes, cleaning up spills and crumbs, and taking out the trash. Keep pantry foods in sealed containers and try to store produce in the refrigerator. Don’t forget to check your pantry and clean out any old or expired food. Many a tiny pest has emerged from old cereal, flour, or a box of crackers.

Household pets can provide an alternative source of food for household pests. Be sure to clean up after your pet as soon as they make a mess, and periodically sanitize their food bowls. Consider storing food and treats in sealed, durable containers.

We’re ready to spring into action to help! Call us at 413-566-8222 or contact us with any questions or if you are experiencing a pest problem. We have the knowledge and the services to correct your infestation. Ask Graduate about our preventative annual plans to keep your home pest-free year-round!

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