The winter months are perfect for getting cozy and warm under a nice blanket, but it is also ideal for pests to seek shelter. Many pests use the colder months as their time to find warm shelter and food in many homes, and if you’re not careful, you can end up with a big problem this upcoming season. Here are just a few ways you can keep pests away from your home, and you can focus on being cozy this winter.
Sealing Up Entrances
Whether your window or door, sometimes there can be cracks alongside the frames that are the perfect entry point for many pests to sneak into your home. Walk around your home and inspect each window for any cracks along with the frame. Take your time to seal up these cracks with caulk and other adhesive seals like weatherstripping to stop pests from sneaking inside. With your doors and windows, also consider installing a screen door to prevent bugs from flying inside. Not only will sealing up crackle keep pests out, but you also get the bonus of staying warmer as less cold air seeps into your home. You can also install door sweeps to help keep some pests from crawling through the gap underneath your doors.
You are not burning anything here, but you are getting rid of some access points pests like rats may crawl inside your home. Inspect trees around your property and consider trimming the branches. Some rodents can use the branches that are close to your roof to burrow inside your roof. Trimming branches cut off these access points for rodents and help you avoid an infestation on your roof.
It may sound obvious that pests love trash, but we often encounter homes in which homeowners forget to clean up around their kitchen and create a perfect environment for pests. Make sure to clean your garbage cans regularly, take out the trash, wipe down your counters, and keep food sealed. Standing water and leftovers across the floor create the perfect habitat for pests to feed off your scraps and attract unwanted guests.
Remember to regularly clean your sheets and clothing to eliminate any dust or bacteria that could attract other pests. With your bedsheets, you also want to stay clean to avoid attracting possible bed bugs. Regularly sweeping and vacuuming will also help remove pests finding a home on your floor or even ceiling.
Inspect Your Pipes
If you notice your water bill is higher than usual or can spot a pool of water under your sink, you likely have a leak. Quickly seal up leaks to avoid moisture build-up from forming as pests love moist environments. You also run the risk of mold growth, compounding your pest problem and giving you an even bigger headache. To avoid humidity problems throughout your home, try to keep a good level of ventilation throughout your home and consider buying a dehumidifier for some rooms that tend to get humid.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
It can be easy to get the clutter to build up in spare rooms or attics and forget about what is in these rooms. However, you want to keep clutter to a minimum because clutter leads to dust and creates a space where many pests can hide inside. From bugs to rats, the last thing you want to make is a labyrinth of hiding spaces where these pests can hide inside. Take the time to organize boxes, throw out any items you do not need, and avoid clutter.
Call The Experts
Sometimes pests can manage to force themselves into your home despite all the precautions you take. While you may be tempted to DIY a pest solution, it can potentially backfire if you’re not thorough with your pest extermination.
At Hawx Pest Control we have years of experience handling pests and knowing how to keep them out of homes for good. So call our professionals today at (855) 908-0610, and we can prepare your home to keep out pests, as well as give you tips on how to deal with pests in the future.