Keeping Your Home Bug-Free This Winter
Fewer pests are seen outside as it gets colder, so many equate that to no longer needing to do pest control. This isn’t the case, however. Though you don’t have to worry about some summer-faring insects or bugs, such as wasps, you do have to worry about insects like cockroaches.
When you no longer see bugs, rodents, and other pests outside in cold weather, they seek warmer places to burrow into. You want to take the necessary steps to protect your home from being one of those places. Winter is also a great time to ensure your home is clear of pests that may be lying dormant until summer.
Shore Up Your Walls
To keep pests outside, inspect your home for any gaps or cracks. Check to see that there are no prominent places where pests could enter. You want to make sure weather stripping is in place and not worn or cracked. There also shouldn’t be torn window screens or open spaces beneath your doors. Mice can fit through tiny spaces, so you should install door sweeps and screen vents so that there are fewer places for pests to fit through.
Clear Out Debris and Clutter Outside
Pests like to nest in piles of debris or moisture-ridden environments. Keep mulch, soil, and leaf piles away from the structure of your home. Also, move any firewood piles at least 20 feet away from your house. These piles are popular nesting places for rodents and ants, who will seek the warmth of your home.
Clean up Moisture and Food Buildup Inside
Make sure you don’t have any food or grease spills inside, and seal up pet food. Prevent moisture buildup, particularly in bathrooms, kitchens, attics, and basements. Ventilated and dry areas are less appealing to cockroaches and other pests. The less tempting your home is to problems, the less likely they will find their way in and stick around.
We Can Help Ensure Your Home Is Pest-Free This Winter
It’s the perfect time to be sure your home is protected against pests for the winter. If you want to be sure your house is pest-free, contact an expert at A-One Exterminators.