Spring Invasion: 4 Critters That Want to Make Your Home Theirs

Spring Invasion: 4 Critters That Want to Make Your Home Theirs
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    As the snow and ice of winter melt and springtime begins to bring warmer temperatures, cute little rabbits and robins are not the only critters waking up.

    While usually a welcome change, springtime temperatures often wake up and bring in critters that are more than happy to make your home theirs.

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Don’t panic—there are things you can do to help prevent these annoying, frustrating, and often destructive pests from causing too much trouble. Whether you decide to tackle the issue yourself or call in a professional, one thing is certain—you want to rid yourself of the pesky critters.

Mice, Moles, Rats, and other Rodents

Rodents often seek refuge from the cold and wet outdoors in the warm, dry shelter of your home. One or two is bad enough, but often springtime brings many babies. There are things you can do to make your home less appealing to the rodents. In the fall, rake leaves away from the base of your home. This lessens the likelihood that rodents will eventually work their way from leafy homes to your basement. Watch for and fill in any small cracks or holes. A mouse can squeeze into a surprisingly small space. Keep food and trash put away and in well-sealed containers to eliminate the pest’s food supply.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are much more than simply a pest that buzzes around and bites to leave itchy welts. They are notorious carriers of disease. One of the best ways to keep mosquitoes (and many other bugs) out of your home is to watch for standing water. Since mosquito larvae need water, drain any standing water around your home and keep your basement as dry as possible.

Bedbugs

Although the name implies differently, bedbugs are not only found in beds, but in clothing, luggage, mattresses, pillows, towels, or general household clutter. Ridding yourself of these pests is not easy. They eat blood and can survive an entire year between meals. If you suspect a bedbug infestation, start by washing anything you can with hot water and using a clothes dryer if possible.

Wrap anything you can, such as pillows and stuffed animals, in trash bags or plastic wrap and leave it like this for several days. The bedbugs will eventually suffocate and you will have your home (and bed) to yourself once again. If your attempts continue to fail, you may want to contact a company specializing in pest control in Mineola and Hicksville, NY, or a similar business in your particular locale.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches can live just about anywhere and survive just about anything; however, they much prefer dark damp spaces. They are largely nocturnal, but know that if you see one, there are likely many more in hiding. To avoid an infestation, keep kitchen and bathroom counters clean and wiped down. They often live in pipes and drains, so cover drain openings to prevent cockroaches from climbing up into your home. White vinegar, borax, and whole bay leaves are all good repellents to cockroaches.

Bedbugs

Although the name implies differently, bedbugs are not only found in beds, but in clothing, luggage, mattresses, pillows, towels, or general household clutter. Ridding yourself of these pests is not easy. They eat blood and can survive an entire year between meals. If you suspect a bedbug infestation, start by washing anything you can with hot water and using a clothes dryer if possible. Wrap anything you can, such as pillows and stuffed animals, in trash bags or plastic wrap and leave it like this for several days. The bedbugs will eventually suffocate and you will have your home (and bed) to yourself once again!

If you take preventative measures early in the year, you can stave off infestations of numerous creepy crawlies and rodents. Take advantage before the huge shift in temperatures to get the maximum effect of your prevention measures.

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