As the cold season draws near with every passing day, one of the most important things you should prepare is your home. This is because when the outdoors becomes too cold for habitation, pests like rodents and insects will seek shelter and comfort where food is plenty and warmth is present such as your home. And having pests around your home is something you don’t want or you’ll end up with a lot of work to do and perhaps some future health issues. This article will provide tips on how to prepare your home for winter to avoid pests.
Prevent Moisture Buildup
When water accumulates due to leaky pipes, cracks, and clogged drains expect to see some moisture after a while. Almost all kinds of pests prefer to live in environments with enough moisture from cockroaches, centipedes, termites, to rodents. Termites, in particular, are fond of moisture and they would very much favor living in moisture rich basement during winter. To prevent termites from infesting your home, consider getting a termite treatment as a preventive measure. Most importantly, have all your leaky drains and pipes checked and repaired before the temperature drops too low.
Seal Unwanted Openings
You should know that every nook and cranny is always an opportunity for pests like mice, flies, wasps, roaches, and spiders to live and invade. Hence, should your home have unsealed holes and cracks around the foundation or at any structure, pests can easily take advantage of it. To pest proof your home, make time to thoroughly search your home for holes and cracks. Seal them well and make sure those pests cannot cut through it. For huge cracks, steel wools will help keep the bugs out. Don’t forget as well to check the windows, vents, doors, as well as other areas of the house where small insects and large animals can break in. Contact your local pest control company for additional help in pest proofing your home
Weather Strip Your Home
To ensure that your home is able to keep warm air inside for a much longer period of time, consider weather stripping. This is also a very reliable step to keep pests out and away from your home. When it comes to weather stripping, include the exterior doors as well and perhaps you can just replace it if it gets too worn out with daily abuse. Weather stripping is affordable and it is also a great way to keep pests out while making your home warmer and comfortable for the family.