Winter Pest Proofing Tips
This winter, as you crawl into your sweaters, socks, and hats to adapt to falling temperatures, pests with four or more legs may be crawling into your home.
This winter, as you crawl into your sweaters, socks, and hats to adapt to falling temperatures, pests with four or more legs may be crawling into your homes. It is necessary to take steps year-round to pest-proof your home.
Pests adapt to the changing environment and rodents can cause serious property damage in and around the home, so it is vital that you, the homeowner, take proactive steps to protect your largest investment.
In late autumn and winter, the most common home invaders are house mice. A considerable health threat, these critters can transmit disease and have been proven an allergen to children. Mice are also known to consume and contaminate food, chew up woodwork and insulation, and trigger electrical problems by nibbling on wires.
These are Attack Pest Control’s top ten tips for winter pest-proofing :
- Seal up any cracks and holes on the outside of your home including the entrance areas of utilities and pipes.
- Make sure vents are screened.
- Keep tree branches and shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house.
- Inspect boxes, grocery bags and other packaging thoroughly to curb hitchhiking insects.
- Keep cellars, lofts, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
- Store rubbish in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
- Store fire wood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off of the ground.
- Repair fascia and sofits and rotted roof shingles; some insects are drawn to deteriorating wood.
- Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the basement foundation and windows.
- Call Attack Pest Control to speak to a qualified pest control professional for additional advice and treatment if necessary.