We’ve all been there—woken up in the middle of the night with scampering across the floor or scratching in your walls. Mice, rats, and even squirrels can make their way inside your warm home, on top of the usual insects and spiders. Rather than evicting your unwanted visitors this holiday season, prevent them from ever entering your home with these winter pest control tips!
Seal up a crack, keep critters off your back
Don’t give the little critters a way in. Visually inspect your sliding or bricks for gaps and cracks. Mice, spiders, and insects use these areas as entryways into your home. Use expanding caulk to fill up the small areas where wires and pipes enter your home. If you discover a hole, wad copper mesh into the opening and then finish sealing off the area with expanding foam.
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Yet another place with space—weather-stripping
We’ve discussed how to replace weatherstripping, and doing so keeps your home warm and your utility bill low(er). It also helps to prevent little critters from wiggling their way into your home (and your heart, leading to unfortunate situations when you have to evict them).
The bugs are coming from inside the firewood
Seriously, they might be. Termites and carpenter ants can live inside your logs, so when you store the firewood inside your house, you’re helping the enemy to infiltrate your homestead. Instead, keep the firewood away from your home on concrete or asphalt, elevated on treated boards, and with a waterproof tarp to keep the wood dry.
The warm and springtime fresh entrance
Your dryer vent is practically a neon sign indicating, “Enter here!” to vermin. To deter unwanted guests, dryer vents have dampers, which allow air to flow out and keep critters from getting in. They also prevent cold drafts from entering your home, so it’s a win-win! But if your damper’s pest guard is damaged or missing, make sure to get another super quick to complete this winter pest control task.
Moisture is bad – but not for the reason you think
While most people hate hearing the word “moist,” it should be because moist, damp wood is a magnet for insects. Rake moisture-rich soil away from your windows (if they’re near the ground), door frames, and any other wood on your house. Also, turn your mulch over periodically to allow it to dry.
To trim or not to trim
Pruning or trimming your trees helps to keep your roof healthy, but it also prevents limbs from being used as a bridge for critters. Without the extra help, the little guys really have to work to make your home their winter residence.
Close your bed-and-breakfast for pests
When you leave open pet food in your garage or around the house, you practically invite pests into your home. Invest in a sealable pet food container to keep the food fresh and critter-free. Also, keep the container inside the main area of your house and away from windows and exits, where critters may be lured inside by the smell.
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