How to Pest-Proof Your Home for the Winter
When the winter weather rolls in and the temperatures start to drop, you’re not the only one heading indoors for warmth! Rodents and other pests start to look for warm and cozy places to call home for the winter as well here in the Triad area, and if you’re not careful, that home could end up being your house! You don’t have to stand by while pests make their way into your home. Check out our top 4 tips for how to pest-proof your home for the winter, so you can enjoy your home the way it was meant to be--pest-free!
Check Your Home for Access Points
One of the best ways to pest-proof your home for the winter is to make it hard for pests to make their way inside in the first place. When winter weather comes, take the time to check the exterior of your home for access and entry points that pests can use to get inside. Pay special attention to:
- Laundry vents
- Utility meters
- Foundation cracks
- Crawl spaces and attics
- And other easily-accessible areas
Another great idea is to install a floor sweep for under doors. This will eliminate your doorways as an entry point, and will also help keep warm air in and cool air out--that’s what we call a win-win!
Keep Your Kitchen Clean and Tidy
If you notice that the majority of your household pests seem to be in your kitchen, you may be (unknowingly) attracting bugs with your cleaning habits. One of the best ways to keep bugs out of your home is to make food less available to them. This means:
- Keep your food put away securely in airtight containers in your cupboards or your refrigerator.
- Don’t leave fresh foods and produce on your counters or tabletops.
- Clean out your pet’s food and water bowls daily.
- Never leave pet food in the bowl or open on the countertops.
Essentially, don’t let your kitchen be an all-you-can-eat buffet for pesky pests to enjoy, and you will have fewer to contend with throughout the winter.
Secure Your Garbage
Even if your kitchen is clean and secure, remember, pests are NOT picky about where they get their food from. Pests and rodents will take any food they can get, including your scraps! To reduce the number of pests in your home, be sure to secure your garbage daily and remove it from the home regularly, storing it far away from your home to avoid attracting even more pests. If you leave a bag full of garbage near the perimeter of your home - most commonly outside the front or back door - you’re simply luring pests inside.
Keep Your Yard Clean
Wait a minute... the yard isn’t even in your home--how can cleaning your help pest-proof your home for the winter? The answer is simple! All household pests start outside, and if your yard is cluttered and dirty, it provides pests with a picture perfect breeding ground and home before they make their way inside your house for the winter. When you are preparing to pest-proof your home, go one step further and add these to your to-do list:
- Clear your yard of leaves and other yard litter
- Keep compost far from your home
- Remove standing water and food sources like garden remnants
- Spray your yard and the perimeter for pests
Even if you pest-proof your home, they can still find a way to get into your home to cozy up for the winter. If that happens, remember your friends over at Terminix Triad are here to help. We offer complete pest services in the winter that will keep your home protected and clear of pests, rodents, and other wildlife!