Most people associate annoying pests with the summer time. After all, the hot months bring mosquitoes, wasps, and a whole host of bothersome insects. However, pest control is just as important in the winter months as it is in the summer.
As the temperatures drop, we are not the only ones preparing for the chilly weather. A variety of pests are looking to ride out the winter months in warm places– including your home. This is why winterizing your home in preparation for the cold weather is a vital part of pest control.
Here are some ways you can pest-proof your home for the winter:
Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home
Sealing any openings on the outside of your home will help prevent pests from making their way inside. Also be sure to check any areas where utilities and pipes enter your home; a mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime!
Screen vents to chimneys
Keep attics, basements, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
Store firewood at least 20 feet away from your home
Pests prefer to take up residence in wood piles and can easily gain access to your home if the pile is nearby. Moving any firewood now will help reduce your risk of unintentionally inviting pests into your home. Additionally, inspect any firewood before bringing it inside to use.
Vacuum around doors and windows
Frequent vacuuming around your home can catch invaders like spiders, silverfish, earwigs, and beetles.
Eliminate all moisture sites from your home
Pests like cockroaches love moisture, so it is important to fix any leaking pipes and clogged drains you might have. Pay extra attention to kitchens and bathrooms as these areas are particularly vulnerable to cockroach infestations.
Inspect for rodents
Inspect your garage and any outbuildings for rodents or signs of a rodent infestation. Organize cluttered debris, boxes, and any other random items along the walls where mice tend to hide or nest.
Keep up with your landscaping
When it comes to winter pest control, proper landscaping is crucial. Make sure to keep branches and shrubbery trimmed away from your home. Trimming back trees prevents potential pest invaders from accessing the underside of your roof overhang.
Store food properly
Uncovered food is a major attraction for pests seeking refuge in your home. Be sure to store your food in sealed containers and clean up any crumbs that fall onto the floor.
Replace loose mortar around your basement foundation and worn weather stripping around windows.
Hire a professional
If you suspect you have a pest infestation, hire a professional pest control company. At Pest Authority, we guarantee a pest-free home with no contracts and no commitments.
Now is the time to prepare for those winter pests, so don’t wait. Contact us today to schedule a Pest Authority treatment and ensure your home is pest-free for the winter.