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Spring Cleaning Tips to Reduce Pests Inside your Home

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The arrival of spring often motivates homeowners to spend their weekends cleaning their homes. From removing old decorations in the attic or garage to deep cleaning the baseboards throughout the house, your efforts can help reduce pests in your home. Today on the blog, our Cordova pest control experts at AAA Termite & Pest Control share spring cleaning tips to reduce pests inside your home.


Ants are the most common pest in kitchens since there is ample access to food and water. If your kitchen has sticky residue from spills, crumbs on the floor from lunch, or overripe fruit on your countertop, ants will find it a haven for survival. Therefore, our Memphis pest control company recommends making an effort to clean the kitchen daily. Additionally, deep clean your kitchen cabinets and pantry by removing and discarding stale or outdated items like flour and other packaged items. Then, wipe down the cabinet or pantry shelves with a damp cloth, and after they dry, place items back on the shelves. Next, move appliances away from walls and clean behind them with a vacuum or broom. Finally, scrub the kitchen floor, counter, and walls using some dish liquid diluted into a water bucket.


Your bathroom is a significant moisture source necessary for pest survival. For example, Silverfish and cockroaches often appear in bathrooms, but you can limit them by eliminating water sources. Our pest control technicians in Cordova advise homeowners to thoroughly clean and investigate the bathroom for possible leaks or water sources that could attract pests. First, clean the shower, including the curtain and liner. Then, clean out the medicine cabinet and dispose of expired medications properly. Next, remove cabinet items and wipe down the shelves and bottom of the cabinet. While cleaning, look for potential water sources under or around the sink, bathtub, and toilet.


The dark recesses of your home, like your basement or crawl space, are the perfect match for spiders and rodents to nest because they often contain the clutter that provides perfect places for hiding. Therefore, our experienced pest control technicians in Memphis advise homeowners to declutter their homes by eliminating unnecessary items and organizing personal items in plastic containers with secure lids. Next, use a silicone-based caulk to seal cracks and crevices around the interior and exterior of your home. Mice and smaller rodents can enter your home through a dime-size opening, while small insects only need a paper-thin crack.


After completing a thorough walkthrough of your home’s interior to clean and protect it from pests, turn your attention to your outdoor areas. The winter season is harsh and may cause damage to trees, bushes, the roof, or the home’s siding, opening an opportunity for pests to invade. Our Cordova pest experts recommend a top-to-bottom review and repair of roof shingles, clogged gutters, damaged downspouts, ripped screens, or loose mortar. Furthermore, address spring landscaping needs like pruning trees and bushes from your home’s side to prevent easy access for insects. Lastly, remember to place mulch at least 15 inches from the foundation as it attracts termites.

Pest Control in Cordova and Memphis, Tennessee

Springtime often brings an energized feeling that makes you want to clean and organize your home. By using the above tips at your home and partnering with a licensed pest control company in Memphis like AAA Termite & Pest Control, you can reduce pests inside your home. Please call our office today at (901) 737-7378 or contact us online for an examination of pest activity in your home.