Cold and icy weather can encourage winter pests to seek refuge in your warm home. The most common winter pests that want to take advantage of you home include:
- Mice and Rats
Here are five things you can do to protect your home and keep these common winter pests out!
1- Seal All Openings
Hunt out all openings to the outside by looking for light or air movement coming through. Even tiny holes and cracks will allow pests an easy entry.
Use caulk or foam to seal any cracks around your window and door frames. Check your weatherstripping and door sweeps a minimum of twice a year for cracks and holes. Also examine the edges of your vinyl or other siding for signs of life.
Often, when home repairs are done, holes made during the process don’t get sealed up (out of sight, out of mind). Double check for holes every time plumbing or electrical work is done. Also, look behind your dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer for unsealed holes.
2- Keep All Windows and Doors Closed
This includes your garage door! The warm air that rushes out seems to attract insects like moths to a flame. If you must open a window, be sure it has a properly fitting screen in good order.
3- Keep Debris Away From the Outside of Your Home
Plants, wood piles, and compost areas close to the house are a haven for pests looking for an opportunity to come inside. Rake leaves, trim plants, and don’t junk items collect within 1-2 feet of your house.
4- Put Screens on Vents
Some holes are necessary, such as dryer vents, range hood vent, and attic ventilation screens. However, to keep critters out you should install a screen over them and perform regular checks for rips.
5- Call Pest Control
Many homeowners go straight to over-the-counter pesticides without really knowing how to use them properly. If you use the wrong product, not only will it be a waste of money but it can cause pests to hide even deeper in your home. Pesticides also need to be used carefully in order to maintain air that is safe to breathe and surfaces that are safe to touch.
In some instances, you may just need to throw in the towel and call a pest control company to come in and take care of your infestation. This is especially true if you have young children, are elderly, or have a lowered immunity.
After all, this is your home we are talking about. This is where you and your family live and want to feel the most safe, healthy, and comfortable.
If you want to get your home protected from winter pests, contact Summit Lawn and Pest Control today!