#1 Tell Insects to Bug Off
Though it's impossible to keep every critter out of your home this summer, there are several precautions you can take to keep them away!
Removing stale spices and flours from your cabinets and pantry will reduce your chances of running into moths and ants, while eliminating moisture issues in the bathroom will prevent cockroaches from making an appearance.
Outside, trim bushes and branches away from your home to keep spring bugs at bay and keep mulch at least 15 inches away from the foundation to avoid termites.
#2 Get Your Lawn Care Tools Ready
Don't let your mower slow you down! Fill your grass cutter with a fresh tank of gas, change the oil, and sharpen the blades. Check the rest of your garden tools to see what needs to be replaced and what needs to be repaired.
#3 Check The Attic
When was the last time you checked out what was going on inside your attic? If you can't remember, it's probably time to climb up there!
Make an effort to move around boxes and bins to ensure that problems aren't hiding underneath and toss out any outdated items you no longer need to keep. Check for any rats that may have snuck in and make sure there's no mold building up. Don't forget to wear a mask!
#4 Tune Up The AC
There's nothing worse than having your AC stop on a hot summer day! Before turning on your air conditioning for the first time this year, make sure you replace the filter and inspect your unit for any wear and tear.
Dust every vent in your home to ensure that nothing is blocking the airflow and check ceiling fans to make sure that the fan blades spin counter-clockwise so that cool air is pushed downward.
#5 Clean Out Bird Feeders & Baths
Dirty bird feeders and baths can spread diseases to animals, attract rodents, and hurt your curb appeal. Roll up your sleeves and start deep cleaning! Wash with a solution of one part bleach to nine parts hot water and rinse thoroughly. Don't forget to clean under the feeders as well - moldy or spoiled seed can make pets sick!