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Spring Cleaning Pest Control Tips

Because of the warming temperatures during the spring, ants, cockroaches, spiders, and plenty of other pests become more active. Unfortunately, your home is a prime spot for them to establish their nests because of its ample supply of food, water, and shelter.

To keep the pests away this season, use these spring cleaning tips and prepare your home for protection against the problems cockroaches, spiders, and ants can create.


With all its food, water, and hiding spots, the kitchen is an excellent paradise for pests like ants and cockroaches. Your efforts to protect the most vulnerable room in the house will make a big difference.

In the cupboards and pantry, get rid of spoiled and expired food and wash the shelving to reduce ant and cockroach attractants. Remove everything from the cabinet under the sink and check for leaks and water damage, especially if you keep cleaning supplies or soap there. Clean any soap or chemical stains you find, since pests could take advantage of any damaged areas.

Inspect all appliances for evidence of pest activity and thoroughly clean inside, under, and around them. Pay special attention to the stove, oven, dishwasher, and fridge for water leaks, damage, and grime. The sink and dishwasher are particularly susceptible to water damage, so clean and fix any you find.

Use a drain cleaner in the kitchen sink to prevent any food waste inside it from attracting ants, flies, cockroaches, and other pests.

A couple of general things all homeowners should do to keep ants, cockroaches, and other pests away from the kitchen is to establish a cleaning regimen that covers all the cracks and crevices in the kitchen and put all your food in airtight containers, especially pet food. These two steps will keep pests from contaminating your food and from hiding in tight spaces around the house.


While cleaning the bathrooms, check for water leaks and damage around the toilet, shower, and tub. The base of the toilet and tub, and the bottom of the shower should seal well, so repair any damages you find in the caulking.

Thoroughly wash all surfaces in the bathroom. If you find any hair around, clean it up to prevent cockroaches from eating it. Hair and grime can also get in the sink and other drains, so use an over-the-counter (OTC) drain cleaner to prevent cockroaches and flies from eating or even living in it. Gross, but true.

Especially if you keep chemicals or soaps in the cabinet under the bathroom sink, check for leaks and damages and repair any you find.


Basements are common places where pests like to nest, like spiders and rodents. Clutter contributes to pest problems in basements because there are many places to hide. Avoid problems with spiders and rodents by using plastic containers, not cardboard boxes, to organize and store everything. Using cardboard could cause problems by harboring spiders, or rodents could easily chew through the cardboard.

The best way to keep spiders out of the house is to destroy their webs with a duster and keep away the insects that spiders use for food. You can use over-the-counter products to spray for bugs, including insecticide soap and diatomaceous earth. If you’re doing everything you can do to keep spiders and other pests away but they keep coming back, you might consider calling the professionals for help.

Professional Pest Control

Although these spring cleaning tips will make your home less available and less attractive to pests, an established infestation might not be deterred. You know it’s time to look for professional pest control when you’ve done all you can and pests keep coming back.

That’s where Fox has you covered. Our Pest Pros have the expertise needed to get rid of crawling insects, rodents, and many other pests. With our Home Protection Plan that uses products that are family-safe, pet-friendly, and environmentally responsible, you can restore your peace of mind.

Join thousands of homeowners who enjoy the Satisfaction Guarantee that accompanies our Home Protection Plan by calling today. We get the job done right the first time. Because No Bugs is Simply Better.

Posted on April 30, 2020.

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