How To Prevent Winter Pests
To prevent winter pests from moving into your home, you need to focus on removing welcome signs such as firewood, leftovers, and cracks in the exterior. Doing these three things should keep the pest population down significantly. However, you may also need to enlist the help of a pest control specialist if you can’t keep them from taking up permanent residence in your warm and cozy home.
Winter is coming!
That cold chill you feel is winter sweeping in. And while most things die in the cold-weather season, there are some pests that are stubborn. In fact, they like the heat just like you do and your home looks rather appealing right now. That being said, it’s time to look at three pest control tips to prevent a winter pest invasion.
Store Firewood Away From Your Home
As the song says … “chestnuts roasting on an open fire”. However, firewood is one of the biggest welcome signs pests see when they are looking for a place to stay. Since you probably have a few planks or logs to burn through the winter, make sure you keep them at least 20 feet from your home. That way, the pests that love firewood will stay in the wood and not find a more welcoming home in your home.
Don’t Leave Food Behind
Winter weather is cold, dreary, and miserable. One of the ways we like to make it through the cold snap is to cook delicious winter foods such as pies, cakes, and roast dinners.
While you’re feasting, make sure to clean up and leftovers, crumbs, and other sticky debris. Pests are quick to find leftovers, especially now that they aren’t finding as much because of the cold weather.
Make Sure They Can’t Get In
During the winter months, one of the most intrusive pests is mice. The best way to deal with this is to keep them from getting inside your home. To do this, make sure your house is pest-proof. The best ways to do this include:
Seal Any Cracks Or Crevices
Make sure there aren’t any openings in old material on the outside of your house, which mice and other pests might be able to enter through. Also, check corners and skirting boards in each room.
Inspect All Packages
During the winter months, especially before and after Christmas, the influx of delivery packages tends to rise quite a bit! Inspect all the boxes for damage before you take them into their home. Any sign of tampering may be a sign that an unwanted visitor is hitching a ride. When storing in your home, keep things off the floor as much as possible, especially boxes.
Store Your Trash
Recycling and waste build up over the cold season. Ensure you separate your items appropriately and store them somewhere enclosed, where a stray raccoon wandering the neighborhood won’t see them as a delicious offering of a midnight snack!
Still Worried About Winter Pests?
Ultimately, the last thing you want to be worrying about during the winter season is pest control. If your preventative measures haven’t been as stringent as they should, or you need help preparing, call us for your winter pest control needs. We’ll help you get rid of any current pest infestations and prepare for the ones that want to get in.
Your home should be cozy and warm for you during the winter season – not the pests (not your pesky in-laws) that you wish would stay outside.