When the weather gets bad, you may notice that you start to find a lot more pests indoors. And when freezing temperatures, blustery winds, and snowfall turn the landscape into a winter wonderland, you shouldn’t be surprised to find that you, your family, and your pets aren’t the only ones seeking the shelter of your warm and cozy domicile. Of course, you don’t necessarily want to share your home with ants, roaches, rats, and other pests all winter long. So if you’re finding these nuisances in bathtubs, crawlspaces, and other areas of your structure, it’s probably best to figure how to get rid of them, and more importantly, prevent a repeat incursion. Here are just a few ways to prevent an influx of pests during the winter.
- Check weather stripping. Weather stripping around windows and doors not only helps to keep chilly drafts at bay, but it can also stop pests from creeping in through these common points of ingress. Insects are especially good at getting around leaky seals. So in addition to upgrading weather stripping, you might also want to seal around pipes and vents that exit your structure.
- Conduct a home energy audit. This service is ostensibly to find areas of energy waste so that homeowners can address them in order to lower utility bills. But since this type of inspection will pinpoint leakage (around windows, doors, pipes, vents, and more) it can also act as a map of areas you’ll want to seal up to prevent pests from getting in. As a bonus, you could significantly lower your electric and gas bills in the process.
- Check out your garage. This is one area that is not likely to be as well sealed as the rest of your home, but because most garages are attached to the main structure, they benefit from heat radiating from the home. For this reason, garages can make for ideal winter shelter for all kinds of pests. This is especially true if your garage is full of cardboard boxes and other paper products that make for excellent nesting materials for insects, rodents, and so on. If you want to pest-proof your garage, keep it clean, store items in airtight, plastic containers, and do all you can to eliminate gaps where pests could enter. In addition, make sure to empty your trash regularly so as not to provide a food source for pests.
- Check the perimeter. Over time your house is bound to settle, and this could lead to cracks around the perimeter of your structure where pests might find a way in. Whether you hire a professional pest specialist like Four Seasons and HomeTown Pest Control to inspect your structure or you do it yourself, it’s best to find problems post haste so that you can fix cracks, replace mortar, and otherwise seal up potential problem areas around the foundation of your house.
- Inspect regularly. It’s not fun to get outside and inspect your home when the weather is frightful, but if you want to control pests that have plagued you in the past, it’s important to inspect potential problem areas regularly to make sure everything is in shipshape. This will help you to prevent pest problems during the winter.