We struggle all summer with trying to keep bugs out of our house and when winter approaches we begin to let our guard down. Don’t be fooled. The cold weather triggers bugs and other pests to seek out warmer places, such as your house. Follow these six steps to prevent your house from being a safe haven for pests this season.
Food like cereal, rice, or anything in a cardboard box should be stored in plastic airtight container containers. Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink and wipe up any crumbs or spills immediately.
Keeping your floors clear of crumbs is a good way to prevent pests from entering your home in the first place.
Check the weather-stripping or use door-seal kits to make sure there are no cracks or gap in your windows and doors. Make sure your screens are in good repair and check attic vents for any points of entry.
The utility pipes that enter your house can be easy access points for insects. Check for gaps and cracks and caulk if necessary.
There’s nothing better than gathering around the fire on a winter’s night. But did you know that firewood can be a hotbed for insect activity? Many different kinds of insects burrow into firewood and storing wood in your house can be an invitation for them to emerge and seek out food in your house. Keep wood at least 20 feet away from your house.
The maintenance of your yard plays a big role in pest infestation. Piles of leaves or other debris can be an attractive house for mice and rats and just one step closer to getting in your house. Trim tree branches touching your house acting as bridges to your roof for bugs and squirrels.