Winter has officially arrived, and as the weather gets colder, pests will seek refuge from the frigid temperatures and your home will likely be the target. This particular season signals the need to maintain your home for two very good reasons.
One, to efficiently keep out the cold, wet weather and two, to prevent common pests from entering your home or property. But fear not, you can keep them out of your home by planning accordingly and taking preventative action. Read below to learn about helpful and effective tips and tricks to keep your home pest free this winter!
Common Pests in the Winter
Make Sure Your Home’s Windows, Doors and Cracks are Properly Sealed
One of the easiest ways that pests can enter your home is through cracks in doors and windows in your home or property. With most pests being small in size, they can easily make their way into your home to escape the frigid elements. Pests can fit through a whole or crack the size of a dime, or even smaller. Which can compromise your home quite easily. Before you know it, you could have an annoying infestation on your hands. Make sure this doesn’t happen to you by inspecting the perimeter and interior of your home and sealing any visible cracks in windows and doors with the appropriate sealing materials.
Make Sure Your Trash and Recycling Containers are Sealed and in a Covered Area
During the winter, animals tend to be drawn to recycling and trash bins, especially when it gets colder. The best way to prevent critters from being drawn to your home is to keep trash receptacles in a closed, sealed environment such as your garage. Preferably with an animal proof lid.
Store Firewood Away from Your Home
Firewood should be stored at least 20 feet away from your home and an least 5 feet off of the ground. This not only keeps your wood dry, but it prevents pests from being able to climb and get access into your home from the stack.
Install Screens Over Chimney Vent and Openings
Keep the outside where it is supposed to be!
- Choose screens that aren’t larger than a 1/2-inch weave.
- Stainless steel screens are a tad pricier, but will last substantially longer than aluminum or other metals.
- Screens come in many different sizes to fit over a variety of vents on or around your home.
Keep Your Kitchen Clean
Your kitchen is one of the most vulnerable areas in your home for a pest infestation. There are plenty of measures you can take to make sure that an infestation doesn’t happen in your home.
- Store food in air-tight containers
- Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink
- Regularly empty contents of garbage cans
- Clear food debris off the floor
- Regularly clean and inspect under sinks, cookers and behind the fridge
Concerned you might have an infestation already?
Call 1-844-734-2551 today or get a free quote here and Terminix will help alleviate your pest problems and keep them from coming back!