NOW:53051:USA01012
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA01012
37°
H 37° L 37°
Cloudy | 6MPH

Spring has Sprung! Tips for Pest Prevention (Indoors & Out) During Spring Cleaning

April 28, 2013

There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual clean. As families throughout Wisconsin begin deep cleaning their homes and opening up their summer cabins during the next few weeks, it is important to keep pest prevention top-of-mind. After a stormy winter with consistent cool weather, warmth and moisture-seeking pests are already becoming active and visible across the upper Midwest including Asian beetles, ants, spiders and especially box elder bugs, which are expected to be out in big numbers. Pest prevention is key to promoting a healthy and safe home and should top every homeowner’s to do list!

The experts at Wil-Kil Pest Control, a local pest management company serving all of Southeastern Wisconsin, want to help you make the most out of your spring cleaning session.

Exterior To-Dos:

•Look for dark, moist spots, which can harbor a variety of pests.
•Insects congregate around dead plants, weeds and fallen branches. These need to be picked or raked up.
•Collect any unnecessary containers around the yard that could become sources of standing water.
•Trim all overgrown bushes, shrubs and excess foliage – especially those around the house.
•Gutters can become a breeding source for mosquitoes and other moisture loving pests. Practice proper gutter maintenance and moisture control to prevent these critters from developing in your gutters.
•When mulching, avoid placing the mulch too close to the perimeter of the home to avoid risk of an infestation moving indoors.

Entry points:

•While cleaning, check your home for general degradation that could lead to a pest infestation. This includes cracks in the foundation, rotting wood, mold growth and excess moisture.
•Check screens for signs of damage. Also, make sure screens are properly installed on windows and doors.
•Don’t forget under doors! Missing door sweeps or damaged thresholds allow insects and mice to enter the home.

Check cupboards and nooks & crannies:

•Wipe away any spills, crumbs or outdated food in cupboards. Insects such as ants, roaches, Indian meal moths or other pantry pests can live and breed on just a small amount of spilled material. Deep clean cupboards now!
•Clear out plastic or paper grocery bags, as they also make great harborages for many kinds of pests.
•Inspect and dispose of old storage boxes that not only clutter the home, but can also can play host to pests.

Happy spring cleaning! A healthy home, is a happy home.


About Wil-Kil Pest Control
Wil-Kil Pest Control, founded in 1929, is a regional pest management company that provides quality pest management for residential and commercial properties throughout the Upper Midwest. Wil-Kil utilizes the latest technologies and techniques of Integrated Pest Management methods while delivering customized programs with personalized service. The pest control company has earned the reputation of being “The Upper Midwest’s Quality Leader” in pest management. Wil-Kil is an operating division of Copesan Services, Inc, with offices located in Sun Prairie, Menomonee Falls, Eau Claire and Appleton, Wis. For more information, please visit www.wil-kil.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter.
# # #

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Menomonee Falls educators receive national awards 4/23

» Falls Village Board President steps down, highlights positives from tenure 4/23

» Menomonee Falls' Jones blanks Germantown, 2-0, in softball thriller 4/22

» Falls board plans to move ahead with private property sewer lateral work 4/21

» Longtime Germantown trustee Al Vanderheiden bids farewell to board, thanks community 4/21

» Longtime Germantown Fire Captain resigns, leaves for new role 4/21

» Germantown Fire Department, Red Cross to provide free smoke detectors to residents following April 1 4/21

» Participants needed for Relay for Life May 29, 30 4/21

» Update: 911 call reveals details of attempted carjacking in Menomonee Falls Updated:  4/20

» Child, man are crticially injured in crash Updated:  4/17

» Germantown School Board members call modular classrooms a "Band-Aid" 4/17

» Germantown school district survey yields support for pool, solutions to overcrowding 4/17

» Waukesha, Washington counties at "very high" fire danger risk 4/16

» Former Menomonee Falls village president welcomes grandson following tragic loss 4/16

» Pilgrim Road off-ramps in Menomonee Falls to close in both directions April 20 4/16

» Gehl Foods' owners give employees generous gifts as company is sold Updated:  4/15

» Aurora plans $38 million conversion of Germantown offices to clinic 4/14

» Two Germantown manufacturers plan expansions Updated:  4/13

» Menomonee Falls Tazino's remains open 4/13

» Diamond Stone headlines 2014-15 All-Suburban Boys Basketball team 4/13

» Gehl Sponsorship takes Germantown performing arts pavilion a big step closer to becoming a reality 4/13

» Man who died in Germantown fire is identified 4/13

» Former Falls Village President's son dies in tragic Florida car accident 4/13

» One killed, firefighter injured in Germantown townhouse fire April 11 4/11

» Falls board to discuss final layoff notices, budget 4/10

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Advertisement

Advertisement

Local Business Directory

CONNECT