With spring here in North Dakota, warmer temperatures and increased humidity create ideal conditions for pests to thrive.

From ants and spiders to mosquitoes and rodents, pests can quickly become a nuisance and pose potential health risks if left unchecked. Fortunately, there are proactive steps you can take to protect your home from pests during this time of year.

Seal Entry Points

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Inspect the exterior of your home for any cracks, gaps, or openings that pests could use to enter. Seal gaps around windows, doors, utility penetrations, and foundation vents using caulk or weatherstripping. Repair damaged screens on windows and doors to prevent insects from sneaking inside.


Trim Vegetation

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Overgrown vegetation, such as bushes, trees, and shrubs, can provide shelter and nesting sites for pests near your home. Keep vegetation trimmed and away from the exterior walls to reduce hiding places for pests like ants, spiders, and rodents.


Eliminate Standing Water

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Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so it's essential to eliminate any sources of stagnant water around your property. Regularly empty and clean bird baths, flower pots, gutters, and other containers that collect water. Ensure proper drainage to prevent water from pooling near your home's foundation.


Store Food Properly

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Pests are attracted to food sources, so it's essential to store food items in sealed containers and clean up spills promptly. Keep kitchen counters, floors, and pantry shelves free of crumbs and food debris to deter ants, cockroaches, and pantry pests.


Dispose of Trash Regularly: Garbage bins and compost piles can attract pests like flies, rodents, and raccoons if not properly maintained. Use tightly sealed trash cans with secure lids, and empty them regularly to prevent odors and reduce the risk of pest infestations.

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Schedule Pest Control Services

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Consider hiring a professional pest control company to inspect your home and property for signs of pest activity. A trained technician can identify potential pest entry points, recommend preventive measures, and provide targeted treatments to address existing pest infestations.

By following these proactive pest prevention tips, North Dakota homeowners can safeguard their homes against common pests during the middle of spring.

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