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8 Winter Pest Control Tips for This Season

During winter, pests such as squirrels, rats, and beetles are in search of a warm home. Like you and I, they don’t want to be left out in the cold. Your home just happens to be what they’re looking for, and they will do all they can to be accommodated.

The best form of pest control during winter is to make sure they don’t enter your house in the first place. To keep them out, inspect your home for damages such as cracks and openings that pests could use to gain entry. Give the windows and the doors a keen inspection, especially those near the siding and utility access points. Repair them if necessary.

Below are the ten best winter pest control tips for this season:

1. Store Your Firewood Properly

Obviously, you will need firewood during the winter season. So, you need to stock up on the same. However, as you stock on firewood, remember that pests love to shelter in wood. From wood-infesting beetles, cockroaches and rodents, wood is a haven for these pesky critters. The key is to keep wood from sheds and exterior walls of homes to lower the chances of pests infesting wood piles before making a dash for the indoors.

2. Keep the Chimney Clean and Protected

It’s likely your chimney has not been used for several months. Before winter sets in, inspect it to make sure no pests are lurking in there. Among chimney-loving pests include birds, bats, and squirrels. It’s, therefore, essential to keep the chimneys clean and serviced continuously, which should include a fitting chimney cap to keep the pests out.

3. Store Food Supplies in Pest-Proof Containers

During winter, there’s a lot of holiday baking going on, which means there will be a lot of pantry products that pests love to invade. At this time, you are likely to have extra company, meaning there will be more food crumbs around, not to mention the dirty dishes. Besides using pest-proof containers, get rid of food spills, crumbs and make sure all dirty dishes are clean.

4. Inspect Your Christmas Tree for Pests

Your beautiful Christmas tree could be a haven for moth and spider egg sacs. Check to see if it has pests or funny looking coloured patches on it. Shake the tree to dislodge possible joyriders that could have survived the freezing temperatures.

5. Seal Gaps and Openings

If your home has gaps and openings, pests will find their way in during winter. You must repair and seal all the access points into your home. No matter how small the gaps are, seal them since pests such as mice can squeeze through holes as tiny as a quarter-of-an-inch. Some of the items you need to repair and seal gaps and openings include copper meshes and a caulking gun.

Pests are attracted to heat, and heat leaks are like a magnet to them. Inspect your house for heat leaks. Should the heat in your home leak out, pests will take that as an invitation to pay you a visit.

6. Destroy Pest Shelters

Pests such as slugs, rodents, and snails love to hide in woodpiles and leaf litter, and other yard debris. To keep them off, make sure your lawn is tidy and free of debris. You will need to use gloves, preferably deerskin ones, to protect your hands as you scoop the waste away.

To prepare for the winter, you will need to stock up on herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. Keep these products away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures.

7. Watch Out for Overwintering Insects

While you may have successfully sealed all holes before winter and full-proofed your home against pests, some insects are notorious for their ability to overwinter. They may just be woken up by the warm temperatures and start to move around. It’s therefore essential to check your home for pests in the wall voids and attics. Use a vacuum to zap any insect you come across.

Monitoring pests should continue into the winter. Adopt consistent pest control measures. Be on the lookout for rodents and routinely inspect your indoors and outdoors. In short, keep both the indoors and outdoors adequately maintained and serviced. You might want to purchase glue boards for trapping insects and mice.

8. Keep Your Home Clean and Tidy

Cleanliness is one of the best winter pest control tips for any homeowner. Minimize clutter both indoors and outdoors. Clutter tends to build up in garages, attics, basements, storage areas, and crawl spaces, providing a perfect shelter and hiding place for pests. Clear this clutter as early as possible so pest won’t have anywhere to hide.

You don’t want to invite pests in for a meal. Give your kitchen a clean sweep and clear food spills. Wipe down counters and use pest-proof containers to store food. This way, cockroaches and rodents will have no reason to hang around.

To keep pests out of your compound, get rid of debris, leaves and all manner of litter that’s usually found on lawns. This way, you eliminate possible pests’ shelters.

 

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