You know how your warm, cozy home is so inviting to you during the cold winter months? It is just as inviting to a variety of pests that want to come in out of the cold as well. If you want to keep your home a pest free zone this winter, the following tips will help.
Holes Are the Enemy
Spiders, mice, and rats are all creatures of opportunity, and they will use any hole or crack they can find to wiggle and creep their way into your home. While most people think spiders can be eliminated with sprays and insecticides, this is only partly true. If the spider has long legs that can keep its abdomen and body away from the poison, they can still cross these barriers.
While you can treat mice by spreading bait and traps around your home, by the time you are actually seeing them, there are likely several that have already taken up residence in their newly chosen winter abode. Plus, even if your traps work, that won’t keep new waves from entering all season long.
The key to keeping these unwelcome houseguests out is to go over the outside of your home with a fine-toothed comb, searching out any holes, cracks, or other openings that make the perfect entrance for these pests. There may be small cracks or holes along your foundation, in the walls, or even around your windows that allow just enough space for them to enter. You should also check your doorjambs to make sure they are tight, without and openings or spaces.
You will need to seal any potential points of entry with drywall, caulk, or any other permanent type of sealant that can fill the hole. You will need to make sure that you seal or plug all of the cracks or holes that you find, no matter how small they are. Spiders can fit through even the smallest holes, and mice only need a dime-sized hole to squeeze through.
Critter Proof the Attic
While you actually see spiders, mice, and rats, there may also be some much larger visitors hanging out in your attic. Raccoons and squirrels are notorious for their keen ability to find their way into your attic, and from there they may even end up in the walls of your home. While you are not likely to see these furry ‘friends’ in your home, the sound of their scratching or the odor of their feces and urine may alert you to their presence.
These animals can find their way into your home through openings, holes, and vents in your chimney or roof. You will need to perform the same meticulous search for possible entry points on your roof as well, but make sure there is no ice built up when you do so to ensure your safety.
If you find potential entry points, you will need to do a thorough search of your attic to make sure there are no critters currently hiding in there. Once you are sure there are no critters present, you will need to block the holes.
In most cases, you will need to use hardware screen or a similar product that will still allow venting. Simply screw or staple it into place and it will keep larger pests out of your attic. Just make sure to choose a heavy-duty option that won’t be easy for them to chew through.
If you do have unwelcome winter guests, Fischer Environmental can help remove them, whether they are insects, arachnids, rodents, or larger animals. Contact us today for a free assessment to see how we can help.
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