The weather is growing cold and wet, and the days are growing shorter, meaning one thing – critters who happily stayed outdoors will soon be migrating inside your home to overwinter. Insects seek out shelter from the elements, as well as a place to hibernate or lay eggs during the winter, so it’s important to winterize your home before the bugs get in. This not only will help you keep the critters out, but will help you save money on your energy bill by keeping drafts out and the heat in, as well as save you money on indoor pest control in the future.
Tighten the House Up
Search the exterior of your house for any cracks, holes, or other openings that pests could possibly wiggle through. Double-check to ensure your house is sealed up tight by going inside and searching behind furniture, cabinets, and in corners for any signs of possible pest entryways. Use a protective sealant or caulk to seal up any holes or cracks you do find. Be sure to apply weather stripping along any doors and windows to keep the bugs and cold drafts out.
Put Space Between Wood and Leaf Piles and Your Home
Winter is a season which calls for cozy fires and plenty of leaf raking as the leaves fall from the trees. If you keep a wood pile or happen to have a pile of dead leaves on your property, make sure they are at least 20 feet away from your house. Since these things are moist and warm, they are a haven for pests, and the closer they are to your house, the higher your risk of facing a pest problem. Try to avoid bringing firewood indoors until you’re ready to burn it, as many pests like to hang out in the wood and could inadvertently invade your home if you allow the wood to sit around for too long.
Check For Moisture
Make a trip through your house and check for any leaks, fixing them as you find them. Pay close attention to your bathrooms, attic, and basement. The accumulation of water will attract a slew of pests to your home, not to mention it will cause damage to your property.
Clutter can attract pests such as spiders, stinkbugs, and rodents. Before the weather gets too bad, take the time to remove any clutter that may be collected outdoors on your property, as well as any clutter that has collected indoors.
Clean Your Gutters
Gutters are an insect sanctuary, as dead leaves, muck, and moisture provide the perfect habitat for them to cozy up in. Cleaning out your gutters makes your home more aesthetically appealing, as well as prevents the possibility of leaking if water gets backed up on your roof. It will also prevent pests from creeping in.
It’s important to perform general maintenance around your home on a regular basis, but especially so before the cold weather sets in. The last thing you want is for pests to get in and make themselves at home – even if you don’t see them in the winter, you’ll find them come springtime! By taking precautionary measures you are cutting down on the stress a pest infestation would cause, as well as saving money on future pest control issues.
Chris is a blogger for Fox Pest Control a Connecticut based pest control company.
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