With winter fast approaching, everyone will be seeking the warmth and comfort of the indoors, including spiders, mice and other pests. Your home provides the perfect source of protection during the winter months and they will find a way to set up residence and take advantage of your heat and easy food and water sources. To prepare your home for winter and prevent pests from becoming your new roommates during the winter, follow these easy tips:
Seal Cracks and Holes
Pests look for small openings where they can enter your home. That is why it is important to caulk and seal cracks and holes that can easily form in your foundation and around windows and doors. You should also replace any torn screens. This will make it more difficult for pests to find a way in and may also reduce cold drafts.
Don’t Forget Hard Reach Areas
Usually pests are looking for quiet areas where they will go unnoticed and undisturbed. They will gravitate towards attics, crawl spaces, basements, the corners of closets and behind appliances. Once you have sealed up the home, be sure that these areas have been cleaned and properly closed off. Placing mesh screens over vents can help keep pests at bay.
Securely Store Food
In addition to a warm place to bunk down for the winter, pests will also be on the hunt for easy sources of food and water. Don’t make it too easy for them to find these essential items. Be sure to securely store food, clean dishes and don’t leave food out on the counter. Otherwise, you will be sending out an invitation to a feast that pests won’t turn down.
Fix Any Plumbing Leaks
You will also want to eliminate any sources of water. While a minor drip or leak may not have caused any problems during the summer, it could attract pests during the winter. Taking the time to address leaks will be good for your home and make it less attractive to thirsty pests.
Stack Firewood Away from the Home
Pests also love to make homes in firewood and other debris around your yard. Be sure to place your firewood far away from the home. This will help make sure that you aren’t setting up a guest home for pests who will be more than happy to make their way into the main house.
Hire a Professional
If you want to make sure the job gets done right and that you have properly prepared your home to resist the onslaught of winter pests, simply contact the experts at Pest Management Systems Inc. We can help seal up your home and make sure that pests stay outdoors. If you are already experiencing pests in the home, we can quickly and safely eradicate ants, termites, mice and other pests and make sure that they don’t return. Call today to learn more about our services and how we can help prepare your North Carolina home for winter.