Spring is the time of year when you'll start to find more pests coming into your home. If you have pests in your home, you need to take action immediately to prevent an infestation. Read on for pests to keep an eye out for in your home and tips to help get rid of them.
Mice can be present in your home in the spring months, as well as winter months. If you have mice, you'll notice small, sprinkle-like droppings around your home. You may notice them beneath sinks, on counters and other food preparation areas, as well as in your pantry or inside cabinets, usually where food is stored. If you have spotted droppings, there is a good chance you have a mice problem. Leave traps set around where you have seen the droppings, or wherever you have seen one of their nests. A mouse nest looks like a ball of soft material, which can be made of cloth, paper or other soft material. If you catch a mouse with a trap, reset the trap with new bait. Repeat the process with the traps until you no longer see mice droppings.
Ants usually awaken in the spring and will begin looking for food. You'll notice them in your flower beds or garden, and around the exterior of your home. Look beneath your sinks inside your home (where they will be looking for water), in your pantry, around food preparation areas, or near entrances. If you've spotted ants, set ant baits around your home in the areas where you've seen them. You can find ant baits at your local hardware store. Set the traps, then change them out as needed to keep them fresh.
Bed bugs can be found in beds, or around the bedroom. They can also be found in other areas of your home around baseboards, on furniture, behind wall hangings, on shelving or even behind electrical outlets/switches. Bed bugs are very small, so if you aren't sure what you're looking for, you could miss them. They are about the size of an apple seed, or smaller. Take a look around for these bugs, alive or dead, or their skin sheds in the before-mentioned areas. If you see any signs of bed bugs, begin to immediately take action. If you have them all over your home, you may want to call a professional for help. Use an insecticide in your home to kill the bugs you have, then clean and vacuum your home thoroughly to prevent them from returning. Cover your mattress in a plastic protective cover and wash everything you can in hot water.
Nobody wants pests in their home, but it can happen to anyone at any time. If you notice any signs of pests in your home, take action yourself or hire pest control services to help get rid of the pests for you.