People often jump into spring cleaning with the hope of creating mindful practices that will help them stay organized throughout the year. However, many overlook routines that will help them prevent a pest problem.
With spring quickly approaching, Aptive Environmental has provided five spring-cleaning tips to help homeowners combat unwanted pests in their homes, which we have adapted for use for pest control firms in general. Perhaps this list could be shared with your residential clients? Take a look below and see what you would add as helpful hints.
Here are five spring cleaning tips to help protect your customers’ homes:
- Cut the clutter. “After the holiday season, many empty boxes can quickly pile up,” Aptive says. “This can become an easy shelter for cockroaches, spiders, crickets and silverfish. To deter pests from invading your home or garage, get rid of any unwanted shipping or gift boxes when doing your spring cleaning.”
- Tackle areas in the home that are usually forgotten. When preparing your spring-cleaning checklist, it can become easy to dismiss areas that don’t seem as significant. Places such as air filters, vents and ceilings should be cleaned regularly to prevent any unwanted bugs like dust mites and spiders.
- Keep the kitchen clean and organized. Spring is the perfect time to reorganize your kitchen. Use chip clips and food containers, choose waste bins with lids and regularly clean the trash can. Having a clean, organized area and food sealed can prevent infestations.
- Focus on the yard, too. “Make sure to prune branches and shrubs to ensure they are not touching the side of the house or roof,” Aptive advises. “Remove any leaves and debris from areas near the home, including the windows, walkway, deck and patio. Pests like to linger in the yard during the warmer months, so it is important to start the season with a clean yard.”
- Schedule a spring visit with your favorite pest control firm. These customers should be on year-long contracts with your company anyway, but if you have a list of single-shot accounts, perhaps this could be what gets them to realize they should partner with your company to protect their homes long-term.