When spring arrives, the flowers start blooming, and something else happens soon after — insects and other pests become active! It is always easier to take a preventative approach with pest control than a reactive one. In other words, it's easier to keep pests away than to get rid of them once they do arrive. You can do that by having a few key exterior pest control services performed on your home.

1. Have your wood treated.

If you have untreated wooden structures on or around your home, you can have a pest control company come apply insecticides to them. This will keep carpenter ants, wood bees, and also termites from invading the wood. These insects are all a bit different, but each one is destructive in its own way. Since they all burrow into the wood, they are hard to eliminate once they've invaded, but spraying the wood with pesticides will keep them from eating the wood or nesting in it in the first place. Elements you might want to have sprayed include your deck and any fencing.

2. Have a barrier injected around your home.

Your pest control company can inject a line of insecticides into the soil around the perimeter of your home. This will create a line that insects like termites and roaches will not want to cross. The insecticides last a few months, so you won't have to worry about many bugs finding their way into your home.

3. Have holes sealed.

Another important step to take is to have any holes in your eaves, siding, or window frames filled. This will keep insects and other pests, like rodents, from entering. Most pest control services will offer basic patching services, such as caulking. If you have any larger structural issues with your home, you may need to call a siding or window company to address them. 

4. Get rid of moisture.

This may be one you can do yourself rather than getting a pest control service involved. You need to fill in any low patches in your yard, make sure gutters drain, and put away any buckets or wheelbarrows that could trap water after a rainstorm. Mosquitoes and other pests can breed in such water, and by eliminating the water, you will keep the number of pests down.

If you act promptly in the spring, you can keep pests away before they appear. Start with the four steps above.