Pests need all of the same basics we do – shelter, food, and water (ok, maybe not as much TV time!). So now that the temperature is dropping, it’s important to remember that outside pests (spiders, ants, lady beetles, mice, etc.) will try to enter your home. Here are a few tips to help keep unwanted guests from entering your home, plus some recommendations for reducing the likelihood that they’ll take shelter on or around your house:
- Watch for cracks and gaps. Make sure all outside doors are well sealed. If you can see light around or beneath a door, insects or mice may also be able to come in!
- Take care of plumbing leaks or moisture areas. Eliminate all moisture sources in or around your home. This creates an environment crucial to pest survival. Fix leaks, seal cracks and crevices, and provide proper water drainage.
- Eliminate unnecessary clutter. Clutter tends to accumulate around the home and in attics, closets, and basements. Keep stored items in a sealed container or taped up cardboard box.
- Utilize screening. Be sure to install good screening on gabled attic vents, crawl space vents, windows, and doors.
- Consider a pest prevention program. Our own 5-Star Advantage service plan is designed to first eliminate pest and rodents inside your home, and then maintain this “pest-free” environment by stopping them on the outside before the come in.
So before the first snow falls and/or the temperature is consistently lower than freezing, take a walk around your house and look for conditions that might invite a pest infestation. Eliminating those conditions, along with a thorough pest management program, will keep all those creepy-crawlies from becoming unwanted visitors this winter!