As the autumn and winter seasons draw nearer, people’s thoughts begin turning to pest control. When it gets cold outside, insects, rodents, and other unpleasant or unsanitary beasts want to come into your home, where it’s warm and there’s plenty of food. Their presence is more than just an irritation or an eyesore. It’s also a health issue. Most common household pests spread disease through their excrement and cause severe allergies with their dander or shed skin. Some others, such as termites, are capable of devouring your home from the inside out and making it uninhabitable. Therefore, it’s of the utmost importance to discourage pests before they can become a problem. Here are some tips for preparing your home for fall and winter pests:
Get Rid of Moisture Accumulation
Leaky pipes, clogged drains, and cracks in the basement wall often lead to an accumulation of water. Many pests are attracted to moisture, such as cockroaches, millipedes, and rodents. Termites are also attracted to moist conditions because they favor wet wood. Considering a standard termite treatment cost, preventing their favorite conditions is the some of the best termite protection you can have. Before fall gets here, it’s strongly recommended that you remedy any leaks or drainage issues you might have in your home.
Seal Cracks and Holes
Any nook or cranny that can be invaded will be invaded. Mice, roaches, flies, spiders, and wasps will exploit any available route into your home, such as cracks in your foundation or gaps around your doors. You should locate all of these areas in and around your home and make sure they’re sealed up.Caulk around windows and use it to fill in small cracks and entry points for utilities. For holes and large cracks, use steel wool. Similarly, you should make sure that chimneys and vents are screened over so that no animals can get in.
Weather stripping is useful for more than keeping the cold air outside and the warm air inside. It’s also helpful for keeping out uninvited guests. Install weather stripping on all of your home’s exterior doors, or replace it if it’s cracked or worn. This task is inexpensive and easy, making it one of the best things you can do to control pests.
If you hire a professional pest control agency to inspect your home, they can alert you to potential entry points or attractive habitats for vermin. They can also spray your home as a preventative measure, which is especially important for termite protection. While a termite treatment cost can seem like a lot, it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of literally being eaten out of house and home!
Properly Store Food
In the wintertime, vermin aren’t just looking for a warm place to stay. They’re also looking for a free smorgasbord. Such opportunistic beasts jump for joy when you leave things like pet food, beans, rice, flour or sugar unprotected. Stowing all of these types of food in airtight plastic bins is an excellent way to discourage pests from sticking around. Other things you can do include investing in a covered trash can and never leaving food on the counter overnight. If pests have nothing to eat, they’ll look elsewhere.
Author Bio: Rose McMillan is an experienced pest control professional, turned freelance writer and blogger. She has worked with several reputable pest control companies and now wants to share her knowledge with homeowners and professionals. Sources: Terminix Library.