There’s nothing worse than realizing you’ve been overrun by winter pests. Not only are you dealing with the bitter winter temperatures, but you’re suddenly sharing your home with rodents, roaches and spiders. That’s definitely not the way you want to spend your winter. Luckily, you don’t have to. There are actually quite a few things you can do to prevent winter pest infestations. Here are four important steps you should take to keep the pests away.
Now that winter is on its way, it’s time to get serious about the pest control. Before you’re faced with a full-blown infestation, you need to hire a company like Albemarle Termite & Pest Control. They’ll come out and give your home a proper pesticide treatment that will keep pests away all winter long. To make sure they stay away, it’s a good idea to have them come back out in the spring.
You might not realize this, but your yard can play a big role in pest infestations. You see, during the winter, pests start looking for easy access to food and moisture, two things they desperately need to survive. If you’ve got debris in your yard, or leaky faucets, you’re providing an open invitation to pests. Before you’re faced with an infestation, clear your yard of debris, and fix any leaky faucets you might find outside.
If you have a fireplace, you probably have a wood pile in your yard. While it might seem easier to keep your wood pile close to your home, it’s actually a pretty bad idea, especially when it comes to pests. Mice and rats are going to look for a warm place to live during the winter. If your wood pile is right up against your home, you’re giving rodents easy access to your home. Keep the rodents away by moving your wood pile to the back of the yard, and placing it on an elevated storage rack.
It doesn’t take much room for pests to find their way into your home. In fact, all they need is a tiny crack in the stucco, or a damaged portion of a window screen, to climb right into your home. Before you find your first pest inside your home, make sure you seal off all the entry points. Repair your window screens, replace the weather-stripping around your doors and windows, and fill any cracks in your stucco with waterproof caulking.
Don’t let your home get overrun with pests this winter. Taking the precautionary steps described here will help you keep the pests away, all winter long.