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2020 Pest Prevention Tips

We’re starting 2020 off with new pest prevention tips for a new year! Here at Spidexx, we strive to keep your home free of bugs and rodents, that can cause destruction to homes and carry diseases. Now that the holiday season is behind us, spring will be fast approaching. We want to share with you our top tips and tricks on how to control household pests. We hope your new year is filled with growth, abundance, and a home free of unwanted pests like ants, spiders, cockroaches, mice, wasps, and bed bugs. Below you will find our top home pest control tips for 2020. 

Inspect Attics for Signs of Rodent Activity

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Pests like mice like to enter homes during the fall and winter. Mice often enter homes on the ground level and then travel up wall voids into the attics. There they can live and eat, usually without the presence of humans. Often times, the only way homeowners become aware of mice infestations is because they start to hear scratching in the walls, as mice travel throughout the home. 

Enter your attic frequently, and inspect for signs of activity, such as dropping, chewed up belongings/boxes, or tunneling through insulation. One mouse can turn into 60+ mice in around 3 months. They reproduce very quickly and hope to go unnoticed as long as possible.  By checking your attic regularly, you can help spot a mouse in your house, before it becomes an infestation.

Clean Ducts and Vents 

HVAC and dryer vents and ducts can get filled with dust and other unknown debris over time. Cleaning out vents and ducts can help reduce pests like wasps and mice, who like to overwinter in vents and ducts. This is a task you may be able to DIY, or you can hire a professional to do the job. 

Use a Broom to Knock Down Cobwebs 

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Interior de-webbing should be done weekly to prevent spiders and other common household pests. This is a simple task that can go a long way for homeowners. You can use your broom, or invest in a de-webbing tool. 

Invest in Secure Trash Cans 

It’s important that your trash and recycling are stored in secure, clean containers. If you don’t already have heavy-duty trash cans, maybe use any holiday spending money to improve your homes’ rubbish storage.

Additionally, now is a good time to deep clean and disinfect trash cans. This will help eliminate and prevent pest activity, and also reduce any smells. 

Get Into a Cleaning Routine 

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If you don’t already have a steady household cleaning routine, we suggest getting into the habit of one. Clean homes still deal with plenty of pest activity. But keeping the home clean will eliminate pests that can be associated with messes, like ants and cockroaches. We recommend creating a daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning routine, including deep cleaning, in areas like garages and basements occasionally throughout the year. 

Follow These Pest Prevention Tips this New Year

Everyone here at Spidexx wishes you a prosperous new year, with a pest-free home. We hope you enjoyed our pest prevention advice and tips. Every new year allows us a new opportunity to grow, make changes, and improve our lives and homes. For more pest prevention tips, follow us on social media, where we share all types of bug and rodent information daily!