We know, we know. No one wants to hear that dreaded word, “winter”. It sends a chill down our spine just typing it, but the truth is, the colder weather will be here before we know it and that means, while some pests may seem to go into hiding, others are much more common to be found inside your home or business. In fact, as the temperatures drop and winter approaches, pests and rodents seek shelter and warmth, making your cozy home or business an inviting target. It is that time, time to get your home ready to keep pests and rodents out in the colder weather.
Tips to Get Your Home and Business Ready to Keep Pests and Rodents Out in the Colder Weather
As we have reviewed before there are certain pests and rodents to watch for in the colder months in Ohio and Michigan. These include bed bugs, brown recluse spiders, mice and rats, cockroaches, termites, and more. These unwelcome guests can cause damage to your property and pose health risks; however, with a few proactive measures, you can prepare your home or business to keep pests and rodents out during the colder weather.
Below we review some effective strategies to safeguard your home or business and maintain a pest-free environment all winter long.
- Seal Entry Points: Inspect your home or business thoroughly for any gaps, cracks, or openings that pests and rodents can exploit. Pay special attention to areas such as doors, windows, utility lines, vents, and the foundation. Seal these entry points using weather stripping, caulk, or steel wool to prevent easy access for pests. Repair damaged screens and ensure that all exterior doors and windows are tightly sealed to keep pests from sneaking in.
- Declutter and Organize: Pests love cluttered spaces as they provide ideal hiding spots and easy access to food sources. Declutter your home or business, especially storage areas like basements, attics, and garages. Get rid of any unnecessary items and keep storage areas well-organized. Regularly vacuum and clean these spaces to eliminate any crumbs or debris that might attract pests.
- Store Food Properly: We have reviewed, time and time again how food is a major attractant for pests and rodents. During the colder months, and really all year long, make sure all food items, including pet food, are stored in airtight containers. Avoid leaving food out overnight and promptly clean up any spills or crumbs. Regularly check your pantry for signs of pest activity, such as chewed packaging or droppings.
- Maintain a Clean Environment: One of the key things you need to do to get your home or business ready to keep pests and rodents out in the colder weather is to maintain cleanliness. Sweep and mop your floors regularly, paying attention to corners and hard-to-reach areas. Vacuum carpets and upholstery to remove any food particles or debris. Don’t forget to clean behind large appliances, as pests can find refuge in these hidden spaces. Additionally, take out the garbage regularly and ensure outdoor trash cans are tightly sealed and as far away from any buildings or structures as possible.
- Trim Trees and Shrubs: Overhanging branches and dense shrubbery can provide pests and rodents with easy access to a structure. Trim back any trees or shrubs that are touching your house or business to prevent pests from using them as bridges. By creating a barrier, you discourage pests from gaining entry to your home or business.
- Proper Moisture Control: Pests are attracted to moisture-rich environments. Ensure your home is well ventilated and fix any leaks or plumbing issues promptly. Keep gutters clean and direct water away from the foundation to prevent dampness. By maintaining a dry environment, you reduce the likelihood of attracting pests like termites and cockroaches.
- Store Firewood Away from Structures: When getting your home or business ready to keep pests and rodents out in the colder weather, you need to make sure you are storing your firewood at a safe distance. Pests tend to love to hide in wood piles, and keeping it close to a building is an open invitation for pests to enter. Wood-boring pests can tunnel through the wood and into the structure. It is recommended that firewood is stored at least three to five feet from any structures. Also be sure to check all firewood before bringing it inside and to burn it right away.
- Schedule Professional Pest Control: Consider scheduling a professional pest control service to inspect and treat your home or business before winter sets in. A licensed exterminator can identify potential problem areas and provide tailored solutions to keep pests at bay. Professional treatments can include applying barriers, sealing entry points, and implementing targeted pest control measures.
Preventing pests and rodents from entering your home during the colder weather requires a proactive approach and Delving Pest Control can help. The best defense against pests is a well prepared offense, so start early and implement these strategies to enjoy a pest-free and comfortable winter season.