Ways to get ready for spring cleaning and pest control in the Twin Cities

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Spring cleaning is a seasonal tradition with ancient roots. The days get longer, the weather gets warmer and the weekends become prime time for dusting, decluttering and making home repairs. Even the kids may pitch in and designate some toys and clothes they’re outgrown for donation. The impulse to clean up our living spaces can be a much-needed refresh.

However, when you’re checking off your to-do list, you can also take some steps to prevent pests in hot spots around your home. Spring is a chance to stop issues before the hot summer months foster infestations, according to pest control specialists at Aptive Environmental. 

Here are some easy tips for spring pest prevention, so when carefree summer days do roll around, you can focus on barbecues and kicking back lakeside.  

1. Cull your pantry

A few months ago, you may have stocked up on cake mixes with the best of intentions for baking with your kids. Or, you may have a half-eaten bag of trail mix kicking around from last spring. Whether you have a walk-in pantry or a cupboard, spring is a good time to check expiration dates and make sure containers are well-sealed. Dry goods can harbor pantry pests, such as weevils, grain beetles, and Indian meal moths, which destroy and contaminate food. Unfortunately, they often get carried in from grocery stores and can go unnoticed for months.

2. Check your kitchen

Many pests invade your home looking for food and water, which makes the kitchen particularly prone to unwelcome guests, from ants to mice. During cooler months, some pests “overwinter,” or hibernate, so they may already be lurking under the sink or in your cabinets waiting to make a comeback. For preventative measures, seal up any holes and look for any signs they may be hiding, such as droppings. If you do spot live creatures, act swiftly because there may be hard-to-destroy nests requiring professional pest control, according to Aptive Environmental.

3. Declutter bedroom closets

Swapping your winter wardrobe for your spring and summer clothes is a chance to go through your closets and edit out items you don’t plan on wearing again and sweaters your kids refuse to even put on. Overstuffed closets can become hiding places for pests, such as spiders. Another easy-to-ignore spot is under beds. To prevent bugs from settling in, vacuum underneath and get into the crevices of the frame. Many spider species are harmless, but some bite.

4. Deal with the basement

Along with dusting ceiling fans and cleaning air-conditioning filters to prep for summer, tidying up the basement now means you’ll be able to find baseball gear and giant beach floaties when you need them. Another advantage is catching any potential infestations early. Dark, damp spaces attract pests, such as spider, cockroaches and rodents. For seasonal allergy sufferers, cleaning filters can also improve indoor air quality, but another concern, especially for young children, is allergies and even asthma triggered by cockroaches.

5. Clean up the yard

Outdoor pests can find their way indoors through cracks in walls and other entry points. Take a walk around the outside of your home to see if there are any new places pests can get in, such as torn screens, and make repairs. Staying on top of landscaping can also prevent pests like centipedes, which thrive in damp places, from taking over the yard and potentially crawling indoors. For managing other backyard pests, such as ticks which can carry diseases, there are many options recommended by Aptive Environmental.