Keep Unwanted Pests Outside of Your Central Maryland Home

When the warm weather arrives here in Central Maryland, so do the creepy crawlers. Everyone enjoys the sunshine and good temperatures, even insects. And while nature is lovely and amazing, some things in nature belong outside, like those hair-raising spiders, gross cockroaches, and annoying ants.  Now is the perfect time to insect-proof your house before the calendar marks summer as official. Here are some of the most effective ways to protect your home and ensure most bugs stay where they belong, outside. lady cleaning kitchen with cleaner and rag

Give Your Central Maryland Home a Good Spring Cleaning

We all know why pests love to invade our homes, mostly for food and water. They love our leftovers. With their acute sense of smell, bugs will flock to your crumbs, garbage, and dirty dishes before you have time to realize what’s happened.

Take a few hours and give your house a once-over spring cleaning. Sweep up any areas where food can gather, such as under your stove, fridge, and microwave. Make sure all food containers are properly sealed. Clean out your closets, basement, and attic of any old clothing items. Get rid of old boxes, newspapers, cans, and containers you don’t use. Doing this will ensure insects don’t have access to your food items. It will also help deter those critters who like to hide in dark, private spaces, such as mites and silverfish.

  • Pantry
  • Kitchen
  • Under sinks
  • Dining room
  • Cupboards where food is kept
  • Basement
  • Attics
  • Crawlspaces

Check All Windows and Doors

Give all of your doors and windows a once over. Bugs can get through the tiniest cracks and holes. Check your entries for gaps. If you can see daylight, bugs can get in. Check your windows and screens for rips and tears and replace them if necessary. Pests like the brown marmorated stink bug will swarm your windows, looking for an easy way in. Make sure you are using screen meshes that are at least 200 holes per square inch for the best protection.  If there is any entry, bugs will take it.

The same goes for your home’s foundation. Walk around the outside of your house and look for any openings, cracks, or gaps. Repair any weak points using caulk or other materials such as mesh that will keep bugs out.

Trim Tree Branches Away From Home

Homes with trees and branches right next to and directly outside the home often complain they have tons of spiders. While trees make for great shade and help save energy, they also make a great home for insects. If planted too close to your house, they supply a natural bridge into your home. To avoid this, keep your branches and limbs trimmed with plenty of space between them and your house. A good rule to follow is to use 18 inches as your buffer.

The same can be said for shrubs and overgrown vegetation which make a wonderful home for fleas and ticks. Keeping your grass mowed and limiting the amount of overgrowth can help keep insects out of your lawn and thus out of your home.

Clean Up Debris Around Your Home

Many insects thrive and breed in dark, moist environments. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, and fleas and ticks thrive in damp shady areas, including the thatch in your lawn, debris piles, leaf litter, and mulch. Keeping your outdoor space clean, well-maintained, mowed, and free of debris will help reduce the insect population outside, hence less chance of them getting inside.

If you keep firewood, try to store it away from your house. Beetles, centipedes, termites, and other pests are attracted to the wood, so the further you keep it away from your house, the less chance these unpleasant critters have of making a home invasion.

Remove Any Presence of Water Inside Your Property

That leaky faucet isn’t just a thorn in your wallet. Moisture caused by leaks and damp areas attracts insects such as cockroaches and centipedes. Fix any leaks and indoor plumbing that isn’t working correctly. leaking kitchen pipeKeep wet clothes, bathing suits, and towels off the floor. Dark, moist areas make an attractive home to many bugs sheltering them from predators. So while it’s convenient to throw those wet clothes from the pool or lake right on the floor, remember hanging them up is the safest way to keep insects away.

Protect Your Home From an Insect Invasion With Royal Green’s Professional Pest Control

While all of these ideas will help reduce the number of pests that enter your home, the best way to ensure your house is protected is by investing in a pest control program. Your friends at Royal Greens Professional Lawn Care offer several different pest control programs to help keep your family safe and protected.

We offer several different options for general, year-round pest control services, including highly effective perimeter pest control. Our perimeter pest control includes a spray that is applied around the foundation of your home four times. It is guaranteed to reduce the number of insects that make your house their home. Insects such as ants, spiders, cockroaches, crickets, earwigs, and mites will stay outside where they belong.

To learn more about all of our pest control services, feel free to visit our website, contact us here or give us a call at 301-831-3731. Check out some of our great reviews both on our website and via Facebook. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram and get to know us better.

Our perimeter pest control includes a spray that is applied around the foundation of your home four times. It is guaranteed to reduce the number of insects that make your house their home. Insects such as ants, spiders, cockroaches, crickets, earwigs, and mites will stay outside where they belong.

To learn more about all of our pest control services, feel free to visit our website, contact us here or give us a call at 301-831-3731. Check out some of our great reviews both on our website and via Facebook. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram and get to know us better.

 

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