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add spring cleaning to your to-do list

June 17, 2016

Although summer is just around the corner, you may want to still consider adding “spring” cleaning to your to-do list. There are few occasions in which pest management professionals have difficulty solving pest issues. Though it is rare, poor sanitation and hoarding are the largest contributors that cause reoccurring pests. Until hoarder units are cleaned out, they cannot be prepared for pest treatments nor can they be properly treated.

In a recent study, the Northeastern IMP Center found among the 5% of residents with hoarding issues, pest visits were more than doubled. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, hoarding is the difficulty of discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value. Many times hoarding relates to compulsive buying, the compulsive collection of free items, or the compulsive search for perfect or unique items.

The best way to address pest issues that may plague those with hoarding disorder is by tackling the root of the issue. Hoarders are people that need counseling from a professional to gain perspective and control of their problem. Hoarding is a serious problem that you may not personally deal with though. Maybe instead you let a little more grime build up in your home over the winter months than expected. If so, try incorporating a consistent cleaning regimen in your home this spring.

One of the main suggestions of integrated pest management is preventing a pest infestation before it can begin. Clean your counter tops, tables, and floors on a regular basis to prevent crumb and food buildup. Also, vacuum your home or office frequently to remove pests and/or pest eggs. Because pests love hiding out in dark areas, keep your home clutter-free. Even if you are not to the point of hoarding, fill at least one box with items you no longer need to take to a donation center. The more clutter you have, even if it's a small amount, the more living space pests have to choose from in your home.

If you are dealing with a hoarding problem, please consider contacting a professional psychologist. Call 877-DEAD-BUG (877-332-3284) or visit for help with serious pest infestations or any other pest or wildlife control problem.