Winter is coming, and – if you’re not careful – so are a lot of insects and pests. As the weather cools off, pests that were formerly happy to stay outside – like cockroaches, ants, and other insects – find themselves looking for more hospitable environments.
Your house looks awfully warm and inviting to them, and they won’t take no for an answer. Fortunately, you can take a few simple measures to prepare your home for cooler weather and avoid an infestation.
Clean Up Outside
The first step in preventing a pest invasion is to keep them from getting inside in the first place. Pests come in through the tiniest cracks, holes, nooks, and crannies, so you have to be careful to keep them out of contact with your home.
Start this process by cleaning out your gutters and downspouts. The leaves, twigs, and dirt that collect in these places provide warm, wet environments that cockroaches, ants, and other insects are very attracted to. Once they make a home in your gutters, it’s only a matter of time before they make a home in your attic and the rest of your house.
While you’re at it, remove any leaves and other debris from around your porch, your front door, and the exterior walls of your house. Again, piles of leaves make great homes for bugs, so keep those piles as far from your house as possible.
Stacked firewood also makes a great home for bugs, so don’t stack it against your house. Instead, either stack it in a shed or somewhere else away from the house. If you don’t have a shed, you can keep your firewood dry by covering it with a tarp. Also, be sure to brush the wood off when you bring it in to burn and burn it immediately, or you might end up carrying your pest infestation inside with your firewood.
Seal Up Cracks and Holes
Now that you’ve set those pest habitats away from your house, it’s time to seal up the exterior of your home to keep pests from getting inside. Inspect all of your doors and windows, as well as the foundation and walls of your home. Are there visible cracks or crevices? Seal them up with caulk or concrete, and you’ll take away pests’ access to your home.
Make Food Sources Inaccessible
If you have pets and/or you have a bird feeder, keep your dog food, cat food, and birdseed in sealed plastic containers. This is especially important if you keep this food in the garage, as it is one of the most accessible places in your home to pests. In fact, it might be time to do a little bit of “fall cleaning” to keep pests out.
Not only are these insects and other pests attracted to your home for warmth, but they’re also coming in looking for food sources. As you well know, as the weather gets cooler, the supply of easily accessible food sources outside gets very scant. If you have crumbs on the floor and a bowl of dog food on the patio or in the garage, you’re essentially inviting pests to your door.
Call the Experts for Preventative Pest Control
Finally, if you want to make sure that your house is completely pest-proof, call the experts. Scheduling a preventative pest control treatment from Fischer Environmental will create a barrier around your house against pests. You can sleep well at night, knowing that your home will stay clean and pest-free throughout the winter months.
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