Winter is already here and the temperatures, specifically in this winter, are at an all-time low. It is that time of the year when going out of your home seems like a punishment. You would rather snuggle in the comfort of your warm air conditioned home rather than go freezing outside. Same case applies to pests. When the temperatures drop and snow starts to fly, bugs, squirrels, mice, and other critters like them start feeling the cold and go on to search for places where they can hide and stay warm. And what better place to do so than in your house? If your home is not pest-proof when winter approaches, be ready to share your Christmas celebrations with a bunch of creepy pests.
Here are top tips to effectively help you keep out pests in the winter:
Seal openings and cracks both inside and outside your home
To effectively control crawling pests such as squirrels and rodents this winter, you will need to seal any cracks, openings and crevices both inside and outside your home. Mice and rats can squeeze and fit themselves into openings the size of a dime! That means any small opening can be a leeway for them to enter your home. Keenly inspect the areas around utility pipes such as gas, water and sewer pipes serving your home. Check the plumbing pipes under your sinks both in the kitchen and bathrooms. Also pay close attention to windows and doors, they might have worn out, scuffed or damaged weather stripping that could allow for pest entry. If the doors and windows aren’t sealed perfectly, be creative with ways to adjust the seals until they fit snugly. Cracks and gaps on the sealing either aren’t safe, you do not want mice falling into your living room from the ceiling.
Clear any potential pest habitat around your home
Inspect your home’s surrounding to spot and remove any potential insect and pest habitats. Typically, pests love to shelter in places where they will find moisture, warmth, food and rest to reproduce in or hide away from predators. And if they find that place near your house, it will only be a matter of time before they start climbing or crawling into your home when winter temperatures rise. Consider the following pest control measures to keep them away from your house:
- Clean your gutters and downspouts because accumulated debris can provide habitat to them.
- Remove any debris and objects such as rock, boards and bricks resting against or placed near the house.
- Store firewood away from the house.
- Keep trash away from the home. Trash is the perfect feeding ground for many pests and can attract them to your house in large numbers. Also ensure that the trash cans stay closed always.
- Prune any trees or tree branches that are overhanging on the roof and its gutters. Mice could use them to climb on your roof and build shop there.
- Generally, inspect your whole yard to find anything that could make a decent shelter for pests. With nowhere to hide, pests will have no chance to try your home’s defenses.
Keep your kitchen clean
Pests such as mice and roaches are not only looking to invade your home during winter because of the cold, but also because they want your food! Pests are highly attracted to your kitchen because of easy access to food. Avoid leaving grains such as cereal, bread or pasta unprotected. Keep the kitchen counters clean, vacuum the space regularly, keep food in tightly closed containers, and never leave dishes out overnight.
Put screens on vents
Not every hole or opening into your home is sealable. Some are designed to be open, such as the air vents around the house. If certain entries are meant to be there, consider placing screens over them to keep critters out.
Finally, consider utilizing chemical barriers in or around your home to keep away potential pests during winter. Carolina Pest Management professionals can help you with expert advice on how to safeguard your home from these cumbersome pests. We will give you preventative tactics that are easy, low-cost and specifically targeted to your home’s pest problems.