Winter Pest Control
Most homeowners believe that pest control isn’t important in the winter. During the coldest months of the year, they reason, pest activity appears to be almost nonexistent. Unfortunately, pest problems can remain an issue year-round and neglecting pest control in the winter can lead to serious infestations.
Preparing for your home for what is to come will allow you to enjoy all of the things winter offers, without having to worry about problems throughout the house. Be it pest-related or weather-related, home maintenance issues can turn the coming holiday season into a headache.
Start winterizing your home now, setting up lines of defense and prevention from possible pressures on your home.
5 ways to winterize and help keep your home pest free:
1. Gutters: Leaves, moisture and general muck are sure to have built up in your gutters after the fall months have passed. Be sure to clean these before it gets too cold outside.
2. Wood and Leaf Piles: Winter often calls for a warm, cozy fire and some leaf raking. If you keep your wood or leaf piles on the property, be sure to maintain at least 20 feet between the piles and your home. These are warm, moist harborages for a slew of pests and the closer they are to your home, the more likely you are to experience a pest problem. In addition, don’t bring in the firewood until you are ready to burn it. Many insects are found in the firewood and when you bring in the wood you might be bringing in pests along with it.
3. Moisture: Go through the house and check for leaks, specifically in bathrooms, attics and basements. Water is just as essential to life for pests as it is for us humans. Accumulation of moisture will attract a variety of pests to your home.
4. Tighten: The house up in general, by searching along the perimeter for holes or gaps throughout your property. Go inside and look behind furniture, in the corners, and cabinets for any potential pest entryways. If you do find a gap or hole, be sure to use a protective sealant or caulk to ensure a strong line of defense against pests who may be searching for a comfortable place inside your home. Check, windows and doors as well.
5. Clutter: Make sure you go around your property and inside your home to remove clutter. Pests like spiders, rodents and stink bugs will make themselves at home here if they aren’t taken care of in a timely manner.
Home maintenance is important to the overall quality of life for you and your family. Overall cleanliness throughout the house will improve your line of defense against pests, specifically rodents. Clean the counters, check for spills, and keep an eye out for these winter intruders.
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Attics can Shelter Spiders
Spiders often seek shelter from the cold in attics, spinning webs and leaving eggs cases in your home when they do. At the onset of warm weather, any webs and cases that have been allowed to remain in your attic can form the basis for a reemerging infestation.
Rodents can get in through small holes
Rodents are capable of squeezing through very small cracks in your walls; indeed, mice have been known to fit through holes as small as a dime. Because the cold winter weather can drive rodents to seek shelter in your home, sealing off all possible entry points is important for keeping your home rodent-free .
Inspection in Winter can uncover pest related issues
During the relative calm of winter, having your pests control specialist perform a thorough inspection of your home for untreated pest control issues or conditions that could increase your risk of pest problems in the future will help protect your home and prepare for the rest of the year.
Even if pest populations are less active in winter, unwanted insects and rodents quickly return in the warm weather of spring. Failing to address any outstanding issues in winter can leave your home vulnerable when spring rolls around.