Now that the weather is warming up in areas that have been shrouded in winter for the past few months, it’s time to start thinking about what outdoor spring cleaning will need to be done in the next few weeks. But as you’re making your list, it’s important for people with pets to ensure that all of the chores they have lined up for themselves will also serve to keep their pets well-cared for and safe.
To help you see how this can be done, here are three tips for doing outdoor spring cleaning when you have outdoor pets.
Protect Your Property From Pest Problems
While there are some animals that you’re going to want around your home, like your pets, there are other animals that you’re going to want to keep out, like pests that live in your area. Keep in mind, however, that taking care of pests should be done carefully when you have pets living at home.
Ideally, you should prepare the outside of your house for being hospitable for your pets but not hospitable for any pests. This can be done by closing up any holes or cracks on the outside of your home as well as clearing trees and eliminating any standing brush that could make an easy home for pests and a potential danger for your pets.
Be Careful When Using Chemicals
To keep the pests and the weeds at bay around your home, you might be tempted to use chemicals that you know will take care of them for you. But when you have pets that will be outside of your home as well, you’ll want to make sure that any chemicals that you use won’t cause harm to them.
Even if your pets don’t actually get into the chemicals that you’re storing, which they could, if they venture into the areas where you’ve used or sprayed chemicals, they could accidentally ingest them or get them on their body and track them back into your house. To keep this from happening, you’ll either want to not use chemicals, use specially formulated chemicals or keep your pets inside for a safe amount of time after using chemicals.
Make It Easy To Keep Clean
If your outside pets are going to be trying to come inside throughout the summer, one thing you might want to do as part of your outdoor spring cleaning is to make it easy for your pets to get cleaned off before they come into your home.
To do this, spend some time cleaning the doormats that you keep at your entrances. This will make it easier not only for your pets to clean off their paws and feet before coming inside, but will give you the opportunity to do so as well.
If you have outdoor pets, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you get your spring cleaning done.