Before we know it, winter will be here yet again. Winter can be a magical time of the year. With the seasons changing and starting to cool down, many people like to retreat to the indoors to curl up with a blanket and a hot drink. The problem that many people don’t consider about winter is that you are not the only one retreating indoors! Once the weather starts to cool, pests and rodents of all kinds are looking for a warm place to stay. If you’re not careful, the place they stay might just be your home! Here are a few things that exterminators do to keep their own homes protected during the cooler months of winter:
- Block off Access Points- It’s startling that many people have plans for a zombie apocalypse but have no ideas when it comes to keeping their homes free from rodents or other pests. Especially when considering that one occurs annually and the other occurs . . . never. When it comes to your home, take care to install quality weather stripping around all your doors. Screens with tightly woven mesh on your windows are also helpful. Look around your home and the foundation for any small holes that might allow access and plug them either with cement or foam, or cover with mesh. Rats and mice can squeeze their bodies through the tiniest of holes, so be diligent in your inspections!
- Be careful what you leave out- Yes, an important part of pest prevention is to clean regularly, but this doesn’t just include food. Make sure you clean up all sources of moisture, as well as food. Insects and rodents are attracted to moisture and need it to live just as much as food, so wiping up spills and inspecting your drain spouts for blockages regularly can go a long way when it comes to pest prevention. A seasoned exterminator will also check their decorative ponds for drainage issues regularly.
- Pick your battles- Admittedly, exterminators are more comfortable around pests than most people, but it’s important to keep in mind that not all pests are harmful! Many species of spiders eat mosquitos and other garden pests. Some varieties of beetles eat aphids from gardens.
If you would like to learn more about how you can prepare your home for winter, call one of our seasoned exterminators today!