Winter Pest Control TipsBees and mosquitoes fly overhead during summer but during winter, spiders, cockroaches, and rodents may infest your home. These pests are looking for shelter from the colder weather and they may find the warmth they need inside your home. You need to take preventive measures to keep these pests at bay since they could cause more problems than just making cobwebs in the corners of your home. For instance, rodents are known carriers of diseases such as Hantavirus and Salmonella. Some spiders bite and cause serious side effects while cockroaches could trigger allergies and asthma. The National Pest Management Association has provided several pest control tips that homeowners can use to prevent winter pests from invading your home.
- Seal the holes and cracks outside your house to prevent rodents from gaining access to your home. Always check the spots where pipes and utilities enter your house. A rodent can fit through an opening that is as small as a dime.
- Any loose mortar as well as weather stripping around the basement foundation as well as windows must be changed.
- Don’t store firewood close to your home. It must be at least 20 feet from your house. Ants and mice will make their nests in wood piles and gain entry to your house quickly in case the pile is too close to your home.
- Rodents could easily hide in mess and clutter so be sure to organize all of your stored items and if possible, the boxes must not be left on the floor.
- Get rid of all sites prone to moisture like clogged drains and leaking pipes. Additional attention must be paid to the bathrooms and kitchens because these spots are quite vulnerable to cockroach
- Set up the door sweeps and make sure to fix any damaged window screens.
- Screen vents to the chimneys. Keep basements, attics as well as crawl spaces dry and well ventilated.