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/National Pest Management Association ) - As the ritual of spring cleaning nears with every slightly warmer and longer day, many homeowners will look to home organizational trends to kick start their list of projects. No matter which trends homeowners choose to take charge of their houses, it's important to ensure that any home care initiatives include pest prevention
practices. Spring is a particularly crucial time to take proactive measures to pest-proof as the season's warmer weather serves as a wake-up call to a myriad of home-invading pests.
Some of the most common pests emerging in the spring are termites, ants (especially odorous house ants, pavement ants and carpenter ants), springtails, cockroaches and spiders. According to Missy Henriksen of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), what homeowners can expect to see this season depends largely on where they live and local weather conditions. "People who experienced milder winters are likely to see an early arrival of spring pests, since last year was one of the warmest winters on record and pests across the country emerged weeks, and even months, early," said Henriksen. "Those who experienced wet winters may have lingering moisture that may be creating pest-friendly environments within their homes."
In addition to minimizing clutter and organizing pantry shelves this spring, the NPMA suggests these important steps to prevent pests from feeling welcome in your home.
* Maintain a one-inch gap between soil and wood portions of a building.
* Keep mulch at least 15 inches from your home's foundation.
* Seal cracks along the bottom of the structure.
* Keep tree branches and plants trimmed back from the house.
* Screen windows and doors.
* Keep trash containers clean and sealed.
* Don't allow dirty dishes to accumulate in the sink.
* Wipe counters and vacuum floors regularly.
* Remove remaining food after your pet is done eating.
* Check under sinks for puddles, and fix any leaks or drips.
* Use a dehumidifier for damp basements and crawl spaces.
For other pest-proofing ideas to protect your home and property, visit www.pestworld.org