It’s springtime in Mississipi and though we may still experience another cold snap before summer, it’s safe to say that summertime insects are already planning their comeback. Though many insects are more annoying than harmful others like mosquitoes and ticks can be downright deadly. Luckily, with a few pre-emptive measures, you can help reduce the number of insects in and around your home. Check out our tips to learn how.
- Spring clean your home. Freeing your closets of clothes that no longer “spark joy” and dusting off baseboards and cabinet interiors does more than give you a tidier, more organized space. Deep cleaning and de-cluttering your home gets rid of shelter and potential breeding grounds for insects.
- Place keepsakes like old books, newspaper clippings, photos and anything else that may attract insects over time in airtight containers.
- Clean and replace window and door screens as needed.
- Look for cracks and holes in your home’s foundation and reseal them.
- Repair leaks in faucets and downspouts to prevent moisture build-up.
- Clean out your pantry to get rid of old food that could also be feeding insects.
- Hire a professional pest control company to treat both the inside and around the exterior of your home.
- Keep family-friendly bug spray near exits to remind everyone to protect themselves before going outside.
- Teach your children about biting bugs like ants, mosquitoes, and ticks including what they look like, what their homes look like, and where they are most likely to bite someone.