It’s time to open up the windows and get down to spring cleaning. After months of harsh, cold air, you may find that you weren’t the only one living in your home during the winter.

Even the savviest of weatherproofing homeowners need to inspect their homes for pests that have “wintered” in their houses. Here are three tips to finding the damage and debris left behind by those uninvited houseguests.

Look Up

When inspecting each room of your home, first look up to where the walls meet the ceiling. Small cracks in the walls can be hidden behind loose decorative edging, allowing space for bugs and their eggs. Corners are infamous for cobwebs, but they can also be a haven for cocoons and other small, web-like nests.

Be sure to check eaves and lighting fixtures for signs of moths, and any ceiling vents for mice and small birds. Cabinets are also prime places to find mice. The most obvious sign is droppings; but also look for chewed labels on canned goods and holes in boxes and packaging. Garages and storage spaces, such as attics, provide homes for wasps and hornets, so check corners and shelving in these areas, too.

Look Down

Just as important as looking up, every room of your home should be inspected by looking down. Check the baseboards and walls near the floor for cracks, crevices, and holes. Be on the lookout for nests of chewed up paper, drywall, or insulation, as these are often signs of mice or other small rodents. Dark or hard-to-reach spaces, such as under the bed and behind dressers, should not be overlooked.

Any hollow or narrow spaces will afford enough room for the smallest of creatures, so use a flashlight and look for any yellow staining on walls or wood. This is an indicator of insects such as the Asian Lady Beetle  (ladybug) and Boxelder Bug. Don’t forget about boxes and other storage containers in closets, as these may harbor spiders and insects, too.

Look All Around

Finish strong by inspecting the outside of your home. Trash bins, piles of firewood, and even shutters or awnings can provide a home for rodents, birds and insects. Check gutters for buildup of leaves, twigs, and other nesting materials that attract pests. Look closely at screen doors and window screens for tears and holes. Check outdoor faucets for leaks and any low areas for standing water. Moisture is a breeding ground for many insects and a water source for small animals.

After You Look

After you inspect all the areas of your home by looking up, down and all around, you can prevent further infestation by making arrangements for repairs of any damage found. You can safely and effectively remove unwanted pests by calling the professionals at YES Pest Pros, 1-800-524-8544. We can easily find any “guests” you might have missed and again make sure you and your family are the sole inhabitants of your home.

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