With the arrival of spring it is very important to prep your home for avoiding insects and to get in the habit of spring cleaning. Bugs and spring go together like peanut butter and jelly, which is not always everyone’s favorite duo. In the spring time, bugs seem to come out of the woodwork quite literally and appear to be everywhere. There are ways to avoid making your home a habitat for ants, spiders, cockroaches and other pests, but you also have to put in the effort as a homeowner.

Secure Your Crawl Space
One of the most hidden sources of unwanted pests and insects in your home can come from a dirty crawl space. Many people are not aware of this and often pay the price later, but it is important to ensure that your crawl space is not an entry way for any unwanted guests. Dirty crawl spaces generate moisture over time, which in turn leads to insects, pests and wildlife creatures being attracted to the space. A clean space crawl space encapsulation system is an example of a method used to protect your crawl space. This system essentially creates a bubble, which works to keep both moisture and bugs out of your crawl space and your home!

Take out the Trash
One of the easiest ways to avoid bugs and other unwanted pests from entering your home is by making sure that all food that is trash is kept in a trashcan in the kitchen rather than in trashcans throughout the house. It is very important for the trashcan to be sealed properly, which entails it being tied up or in a trash can with a hard lid. It is important to take out the trash frequently rather than letting it build up for a couple of days. Bugs can sniff out food and especially liquids that leak out of trash bags, which is why cleanliness in the kitchen is important to avoid potential feasts for bugs.

Invest in Screens
It is important for all the windows in your home to be screened in. Fine mesh screening works to protect the interior of your home and keep any insects from entering through your windows.  Even with screens on your windows, you will still be able to feel a breeze from the outside and enjoy the beauty of a window. Screens work to protect the inside of your home from the outside and vice versa. Any torn screens are worth replacing to prevent any insects from slipping through the cracks, quite literally!