The winter time is prime season for pests to enter your home because they are looking for a warm place to reside during the cold months. While some smaller pests such as bugs may always find a way into the home, there are steps you can take to prevent winter pests from invading your space. Here are some tips for pest-proofing your home this season!
Take the time to examine the exterior of your home for any cracks and holes that may be present. Pests such as mice are able to squeeze into holes the size of a dime, so even the smallest hole can be an entrance.
Areas, where pipes and utilities enter the home, should be checked thoroughly. Seal any holes and cracks that you come across to ensure that pests can’t enter.
If you have firewood, be sure to store it at least 20 feet away from the home, as mice and ants like to use firewood to build their nests.
Rodents and other small pests like to hide, so spaces with a lot of clutter are perfect for them, as there are plenty of hiding spaces. Declutter your home, especially the attic and basement.
Go through your belongings and get rid of anything that you no longer use or need. Sort the items that you want to keep and organize them accordingly so that there is no clutter on the floor for pests to hide in.
Pests such as roaches are drawn to areas with a lot of moisture, so you want to eliminate any excess moisture that you have control over. Pay special attention to the bathroom and kitchen because these rooms naturally accumulate more moisture than other rooms.
When inspecting your home, you are looking for things like leaking pipes and clogged drains. You also want to ensure that areas such as the attic and basement are free of moisture as well because larger pests gravitate towards those rooms.
Inspect your windows, especially if they haven’t been replaced in a while. If you feel a draft coming in from your window, then there are likely repairs that need to be made. Replace any loose mortar that you come across as well as the old weather stripping around them.
Loose mortar can create entrances for small pests to enter. Also be sure to repair any damaged screens in the window, which gives pests very easy access into the home.
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