Spring is just around the corner, and that only means one thing: Insects everywhere are coming out of their winter shelters, hungry for food, water, and sometimes…love. Unfortunately, that often means they’re going to be looking to make a home in your home and yard.

Luckily, there are several steps you can take to ensure that the bugs stay out of your home…and out of your life. Now’s the perfect time to do them, too, before it’s too late.

Spring Cleaning: Inside

Spring cleaning might feel like a chore, but it also can feel great to open the windows, get some fresh air circulating, clear out the cobwebs and dust, and just make things feel fresh. The good news is it’s also good for getting rid of insect eggs and larvae before they get out of hand.

You can do a few things to ensure a clean, bug-free house. First, if you have rugs or carpeting, spring is a great time to steam clean them. That not only will remove any lingering insects, but it will also give them a new life! Second, in the kitchen, remove everything from your pantry or cabinets where you keep food, then thoroughly clean all the bits and pieces. This will remove a food source that could attract several types of insects. Lastly, take down the curtains, remove any fabric furniture coverings, and give them a good wash to remove dust and anything that likes to feed off, hide in, or lay eggs in dusty fabric. It’s a good idea to do something similar to any winter clothes you plan to store over the warmer months.

Spring Cleaning: Outside

Just like cleaning the inside can help prevent insect invasions, so does cleaning your yard. That means clearing out any brush, picking up any detritus, raking up any dead leaves, cleaning your gutters, and trimming trees and bushes. And if you have a garage or shed, be sure to give them a good cleaning, too—sweep, dust, and throw out any garbage that’s lying around.

If you keep firewood in your yard, be sure to stack it and get rid of any that are rotting. This is also an excellent time to remove any kids’ toys or other objects in the yard that accumulate water, mold, or mildew.

Time to call in the pros?

These steps will help ensure you remove any type of environment where insects like to thrive, both inside and around your house. But if you encounter any signs of an early infestation, be sure to call us right away. We’re happy to come out to take a look and offer up some recommendations for stopping insect invasions before they start.