How to keep the heat in and the pests out
As winter draws near, one thing that is noticeable in the outdoors is the disappearance of flying insects like flies, mosquitoes, and bees. These pests are often associated with fall and summer, making them a nuisance for outdoor activities. We are grateful that winter brings relief from their bites and stings. However, winter is not void of flying pests.
While mosquitoes and bees flew overhead during summer, they could be found crawling underfoot in winter. These pests seek shelter from the cold and our warm homes are often their refuge. Pests can pose more dangers than the cobwebs. It is crucial to prevent them from getting into your home. Rodents can carry diseases like Hantavirus and Salmonella, while certain spiders can bite and cause serious side effects. Cockroaches can also trigger allergies and asthma.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA), has several tips homeowners can use to prevent winter pests getting into their homes.
- To prevent rodents entering your home, seal any cracks or holes. Make sure you inspect the places where pipes and utilities enter your home. A hole as small as a dime can accommodate a mouse.
- Repair any mortar or weather stripping that is missing around the crawl space foundation and windows.
- Keep firewood at least 20 feet away from your home. If the pile is not far from your home, mice and ants could build their nests there and gain easy access to your home.
- Rodents will hide in clutter. Keep your storage areas tidy and keep boxes off the floor.
- All moisture sources, including leaking pipes or clogged drains, must be eliminated. Kitchens and bathrooms are especially vulnerable to cockroach infestations.
- Repair damaged windows and install door sweeps
- Screen chimney vents. Make sure crawl spaces, basements, and attics are well ventilated.
Winter is a time when you have to worry about damage from wind, snow and freezing. These tips can help you reduce the chance of pest problems in your home. Winter pests can be kept outside to make your home a more inviting place for family and friends to gather and enjoy holiday festivities.
Contact Zap Pest Control Inc. if you suspect that you may have a pest infestation.
People also asked:
How often do you really need pest control?
When it comes to regularly scheduled pest control, we suggest having your home treated once a quarter or every two to three months.
Is regular pest control necessary?
And pests, especially bed bugs and termites, spread from one home to another quickly. So, if your home is at a place where pest infestation is expected and if the weather is humid and tropical, then quarterly pest control is necessary. If you don’t, then it’s only a matter of time that pests will infest your home.
When should you call the exterminator?
When you see the first signs of an infestation, you should call an exterminator. The longer you wait to call and get treatment, the worst the pests will get. Where there is one, there will be many, and an exterminator can take care of the problem before it gets too out of hand.