In the colder climate, some pests hibernate while others try to enter homes for warmth and food sources. The various types of animals that can enter your home range from ants, squirrels, and even to raccoons. They can cause both damage and the spread of bacteria in your home. Although the winter requires a lot of extra work to stay warm and safe, it’s also important to take the necessary precautions to avoid the invasion of pests in our homes.
To help keep pests out of the house in these colder months of the year, refer to these pest control tips and tricks:
Landscape the Outdoors. Trim your shrubbery and trees. For your shrubbery, make sure that you place rocks near the home to block possible hiding places. For your trees, it’s important to ensure your branches are not too long. You don’t want these rodents to land on your roof and work their way inside.
Seal Cracks and Holes. Pest control your household by sealing the cracks and holes on both the outside and inside of your home. By taking care of all entryways, you are eliminating a doorway for these pests.
Check the Chimney. Chimneys are a source of warmth for us on the inside, and a nest to the pests on the outside. Be sure to have your chimney checked to ensure it is not a nest this winter.
Strip Windows. Ensure that the weather stripping around the windows is not decayed or damaged. This will help prevent winter bugs in the house.
Keep Trash Away. When throwing your old food outside in the bin, ensure that the lid is tightly sealed.
Eliminate Moisture. Leaking pipes and clogged drains draw some pests in. Be vigilant about this, especially in areas such as the kitchen and bathrooms. Assure that attics and basements have breathing room and are dry.
Lock up Food. Protect your home from pests by assuring there are not any crumbs or spills throughout the house that could possibly cause a critter infestation.
Enduring the colder temperatures outside can be hard for anyone, but pests can make it that much more difficult if they enter your home. Add to your peace of mind this winter for your home with the right insurance for the right price with a quote from SafeAuto today.