The winter months often bring unwanted pests. Just like humans, pests also want to stay warm during the winter months and one of the ways they can do that is by trying to move into your home. The good news is that there are many things you can do in order to keep the winter pests out. Below is a list of tips for keeping your home pest free during the winter months:
Seal The Openings
Pests can enter your home through any gaps, cracks, or other openings that exist. Many pests don’t need a big opening to be able to get into your home and start wreaking havoc. Keeping pests out is just one reason why it’s important to make sure you keep an eye out for openings and make sure they get sealed as soon as possible. Sealing these openings will not only prevent pests from entering, but it will also help keep the warm air in and cold air out.
If your home has an attic, go up and inspect it to make sure everything is secured tightly. Additionally, you should check any crawl spaces and doorways that lead outdoors. Worn caulk and weatherstripping will need to be replaced or repaired.
Inspect Things Before Bringing Them In Your Home
Pests can find creative ways to get into your home, such as sneaking in by hiding in things that get brought into your home. If there is something that’s been left outside for any significant amount of time, you might want to give it a shake before you bring it inside to make sure nothing is hiding inside or clinging to it.
Keep Your Home Tidy And Neat
One of the best things you can do in order to prevent pests from entering your home is to keep it tidy to eliminate things that might be attractive pests. Make sure that you keep your kitchen counters clean and that all food is stored in air-tight containers. If you store pet food in your garage, make sure it also gets stored in an air-tight container or with something heavy on top of the lid so it’s hard for any unwanted pests to help themselves. Also, try to store food in a container that would be difficult to chew through.
Eliminate Potential Pest Habitats
Pests may be using areas outside of your home to seek out shelter, so you’ll want to look around and get rid of anything that might make areas good places to live. Try to store trash cans away from your house and make sure that the downspouts are directed away from your home. If you use firewood, try to store it away from your home. Additionally, you will need to store mulch away from your home.