Pest Prevention Tips for Winter
Winter is approaching and we are not the only ones to notice the drop in mercury. Pests of all kinds, from insects to snakes and rodents, are looking to settle in someplace nice for the coldest part of the year. Let’s make sure they don’t move into your home! Take some time to read through these prevention tips and think about areas in your home that you might want to consider working on before the snow starts to fly!
Pest Prevention Tip 2: Close Windows and Doors
The simplest way for anything to enter your home is an open door, and that goes for pests as well. While you’re at it, take a look around the perimeter of your home to check for any cracks or holes. Mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime! Go to town with a tube of caulk and you can rest easy that no snakes are slithering in at night.
Pest Prevention Tip 3: Keep a Tidy Basement
Though it is mighty tempting to use the basement as a catch-all for any loose crap that has accumulated, a cluttered space is a good spot for rodents to call home. Use shelving to store things so that boxes on the floor don’t become rat homes.
Pest Prevention Tip 4: Store Firewood Away from Structures
Be sure to store firewood at least 20’ away from any structures. Firewood is a major culprit of spreading wood-destroying insects because ants or termites may be already living in the log. Also, avoid storing any wood inside before you burn it. This is a time when the pests might escape from the wood and begin living in your home.
Pest Prevention Tip 5: Pay Special Attention to Moisture
Pests are attracted to water, and need it to survive. Be sure to tend to any leaks or water issues you come across right away. Kitchen and bathroom water sources are especially enticing to cockroaches, so be sure to address any kind of slow drains, standing water or leaks.
Pest Prevention Tip 6: Install Weather Stripping on Doors and Repair Screens
Though it may be only a small crack, the space under a door or in just a one-inch hole in a window screen is large enough to admit an entire colony of termites. It is so important it merits another warning: be sure to check all the doors and windows in your home to make sure there is no room for pests!
Call Ace Walco for a Free Inspection
When you’ve wrapped up your winterization, give us a call and we’ll send a friendly professional to make sure you’ve protected yourself and family from pests this winter. And, if they happen to notice something amiss, they’ll know just how to help fix things.