Preparing for a Pest-Free Spring

February 23rd, 2024
Preparing for a Pest-Free Spring

As winter thaws and the first blooms of spring begin to show, it's not just flowers that awaken from their slumber, pests do too. From ants to chipmunks to rats and everything in between, spring is a time when pests are looking for a new home, and it's up to you to protect yourself from infestation.

Assessing and Repairing Vulnerabilities

Start by assessing the outside of your property for any vulnerabilities, as colder months can cause structures to shift or crack, creating a space for unwelcome pests to enter inside.

To prevent entrance, seal any potential entry points such as gaps around doors, windows, and utility pipes with high-grade materials like steel wool, caulk, or weather stripping.

Clean Up Your Space

Pests are attracted to litter, debris, and rubbish, as the clutter provides food and shelter from predators. Therefore, preparing for a pest-free spring often includes a good cleaning.

Begin with the basics: ensure trash bins are tightly sealed and remove garbage regularly to avoid attracting rodents and insects. Compost piles should be well-managed and placed away from the house, as decomposing organic matter is akin to a gourmet feast for pests.

Finally, deep clean your kitchen and toss out crumbs or store leftovers in food waste containers. Food scraps are nothing short of banquet invitations for ants and cockroaches eager to celebrate the end of winter.

We also suggest clearing stagnant water from clogged gutters or outdoor containers before they become mosquito breeding grounds.

Contact an Expert for an Evaluation

Even with a solid cleanup strategy, some pests are persistent and require a bit of extra defense or strategy. Therefore, the best way to ensure a pest-free spring is to work with an expert.

An experienced exterminator, such as Gilpin's Pest Control, can fully assess your property and repair potential weak spots to fully prevent unwanted intruders.

By contacting an expert early in the season, they can effectively establish barriers to nip burgeoning infestations in the bud.

Gilpin’s Pest Control is a family-owned business operating on the Lower Mainland in Greater Vancouver and the BC Interior including Kamloops, Revelstoke, and Sicamous. After 35 years in the business, we do a stellar job and are proud of our rapid response time. 

If you have any questions about this article or you would like to talk to us about pest control needs, please call us toll-free at (800) 770-2428.