7 Spring Cleaning Tips for a Pest-Free Backyard

April 5, 2021

Let’s hope winter and snow have finally left us, and the buds will soon appear on the trees. Creating a pest-free backyard involves a few outdoor spring cleaning tips to get in tip-top shape for summer fun.

Spring and summer preparation for a pest-free backyard

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Take a look out your back window, or walk around your house. What do you see? The ravage of storm damage, winter winds, snow, ice, and fallen debris creates a bug habitat. Leaves, dead bushes, rotting fallen trees, and standing water create the perfect means to enter your home and cause damage.

Most homeowners do not look at their home’s structure beyond what they can see from the ground. At first glance, after a storm, you may look at your windows from the inside, check for damage to property left outdoors, and perhaps inspect your garage doors to ensure no water has seeped inside. A severe culprit to pest and wildlife entry happens on and along the roof. Air vents and pipes can be torn away, leaving a gap for access. Roof tiles, especially near the pitch, can become lifted and damaged.

7 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips for a Pest-Free Backyard

Most homeowners don’t think to look outside as part of a spring cleaning regimen. Many neglect to look in the garage or outdoor living area. Spring cleaning tips apply to commercial property owners too. Commercial properties’ outdoor areas can fall prey to pests and require spring cleaning for a pest-free environment.

Here are 7 simple suggestions for creating a pest-free backyard:

  1. Gutters, especially clogged gutters, create standing water- the perfect home for mosquitoes, cockroaches, and other pests.
  2. Standing water from clogged gutters may cause wood to rot and welcome termites and carpenter ants.
  3. Inspect your landscaping to ensure proper drainage away from your home.
  4. Keep your lawn mowed and trimmed. Cut back bushes and trees away from growing against or on your home, shed, or garage.
  5. Sprinkler systems can spring leaks and create standing water. Always service your sprinkler system to ensure it is properly functioning.
  6. Seal cracks and holes, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home. Use caulk, steel wool, or a combination of both.
  7. Never place firewood inside or near your home or garage.

Continue to be vigilant all summer long. Inspect your yard and outdoor living area regularly, especially after heavy rain or storms. It will be well worth your time.

Moisture is a haven for pests, mold, and insects

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Moisture is not a homeowner’s friend. Standing water is a sanctuary for pests inside and outside and inside your home. Water is an excellent motivator for pests and bugs because so many can survive longer without food than water.

Here are some of the pests and bugs that are significantly motivated to locate a moisture source in and around your home to live and breed:

Moisture damages the wood trim, structure and softens drywall in your garage, producing an entryway and refuge for destructive bugs and pests.

Create a Pest-Free Backyard and Home with Exclusion Services from AccuShield

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Outdoor and indoor damage from pests and nuisance wildlife can be extensive. The process of returning your home to a safe and healthy status is two-fold. It includes a complete clean-up to eradicate signs of infestation and disease. Then we need to close and secure your home from further invasion.

A complete clean-up can be performed, including repairing external structural damage to soffits, gutters, siding, and roofing. Interior damage to the insulation and drywall should also be addressed regarding damage from nuisance wildlife and pests.

Many of our clients participate in our annual treatment program, ensuring that consistent treatments occur throughout the year. We don’t forget your garage; you shouldn’t either.

Contact us for an indoor and outdoor inspection of your home. There is no charge for the initial inspection, and it just might make the difference between a peaceful summer and a summer of picnics and pool parties with bees, mosquitos, ticks, bats, and other visitors.

Call us. We can help

We will inspect your home, inside and outside, and discuss a treatment plan with you. Contact us for a free estimate or service in:

Albany County, Columbia County, Fulton County, Green County, Montgomery County, Rensselaer County, Saratoga County, Schenectady County, Warren County, Washington County.

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