As you create your spring cleaning checklist, make sure that you keep pest control in mind as you create your list. With effective spring cleaning, you can reduce the chance of pests taking up residence in and around your home. 

#1 Start By Cleaning Up The Outside Of Your Home

Pests love to make nests in moist and dark places, which can abound in your yard if you do not clean it up. The first thing you need to do this spring is rake up all the leaves that fell after you put away your rake last fall. Remove all built up leaves and debris from around your home and from around any free-standing structures on your property, such as a shed or garage. 

Next, trim back any bushes that have become overgrown, especially ones that are right next to your house. Make sure that you properly dispose of all yard waste in a compost pile or in yard waste bags. 

Then, walk around the outside of your house and pick up any garbage that has gotten into your yard. It is not uncommon for garbage to blow around and get carried a long distance during the winter months.

Finally, make sure you don't have any standing water around the outside of your home. Turn over or store any empty containers where standing water may collect. Standing water allows pests such as mosquitoes to lay their eggs. 

#2 Clean Out Those Hidden Nooks Inside Of Your House

Next, move inside of your home. Spring cleaning is a great time to clean out all the hidden nooks and crannies of your house that you don't think about during most of the year. 

Go through every drawer, cabinet and storage space in your home. Pull out all the junk inside these areas and sort it. Throw away items that you don't need anymore, and organize the items that you do need. 

After you have gone through everything you have shoved into these spaces, really clean them out. If you can, sweep and mop the floor of these spaces. Then, wipe down the entire interior with some general household cleaning products. Pests such as cockroaches can survive on tiny bits of dust and dirt, which is why it is important to clean even those little places in your house that you don't get into that often. 

#3 Get Rid Of All Those Crumbs

Many pests, ranging from ants all the way up to little rodents such as mice, thrive on eating leftover food. It doesn't even have to be big pieces of leftover food; it can be tiny crumbs that have gotten ground up in your carpet. It is easy to let your cleaning level slack during the winter months, but with spring right around the corner and all the pests set to return, it is vital that you get rid of all the crumbs in your house and cut off their potential food supply.

Clean out all of the cupboards in your kitchen and wipe down the surfaces. Pull out your oven and clean all the sides as well as underneath it, then do the same thing with your fridge and other kitchen appliances.

If you have rugs in your kitchen, pantry or dining area, clean both sides of your rugs, then move them out of the way and clean underneath them as well.

If you eat food in other rooms in your house, such as your bedroom or living room, be sure to vacuum and wipe down any areas or surfaces where you consume food. If you leave any crumbs behind, the ants and other little pests are sure to find them.

Keep pests out of your home by being proactive with your spring cleaning this year. Eliminate places they can turn into their home and get rid of any potential food source for them. Finally, have a pest control agent like one from Academy Pest Control Ltd. come out to your home and let you know any vulnerable areas in and around your home that you need to address.