Posted on Nov 1st 2019
The weather outside is changing and so should your Winter Pest Control strategy with these helpful tips.
The monsters of Halloween are gone. Decorations and costumes are going back into storage and sweets are sitting heavy in your belly. The leaves are changing, and the air has a sharp chill. Thanksgiving is on the way, and holiday shopping is at the forefront of your mind. The end of fall and the beginning of winter always seems to be the busiest times of the year and the last thing you’ll want to deal with is uninvited guests (and we’re not talking about your in-laws)
With winter comes not only a new layer of snow but a new layer and strategy to your pest control efforts. Despite what you might think, the cold does not kill bugs and stop rodents from entering your home. Colder months drive these bugs and rodents to seek shelter from the harsh outdoors during this time. The comfort and warmth that your home gives off is a homing beacon to those nasty intruders and they will try their best to get inside.
Dealing with pests in your home is never fun, but there are a few things you can do to reinforce your first line of defense. Following these tips will help your pest control efforts significantly.
1. Use Airtight Storage Containers
Bugs and Rodents love dark, sheltered areas. If they manage to get inside your storage bins, they will treat it as a new nest. By using airtight bins, you eliminate a possible nest for these critters. It also saves you from a terrible surprise next time you open them! Be aware that many brands of plastic bins have ventilation holes on the bottom, so be vigilant and double-check as you’re shopping.
2. Remove Pumpkins and Decorations from your Porch
It might be tempting to keep your pumpkin masterpiece around all season to show off to your neighbors, but you might find some unwanted admirers in the form of bugs and rodents. Mice love to nest in pumpkins and eat them as well. With a relatively giant food source sitting on your doorstep, it might be wiser to eliminate that temptation for them.
3. Beware of Sugar
As it turns out, it’s not only people who have a weakness for sweet foods. Bugs and rodents can’t get enough sugar and will go out of their way to munch on it when available. Suggesting the complete removal of all sugar from your home would be cruel and unusual punishment, so the next best thing is to be sure that your sweets are stored up high and are properly sealed.
4. Declutter Your Living Space
Bugs and Rodents love to nest in clutter as they see it as defense from the world. If you happen to have firewood or other clutter near your home, you are inviting pests in and near your home. Be sure to keep clutter away from your living space when possible.
5. Seal Points of Entry
Some of the more obvious places a pest might come in your home is through the door or an open window, but with their smaller size comes a lot more possibilities. Sealing up tiny cracks in concrete, plaster imperfections and gaps between your outer walls and roof can go a long way when it comes to keeping pests out of your home.
6. Eliminate Moisture Where Possible
Keeping standing water scarce will discourage unwanted guests from coming near your home. Often gutters, leaky pipes, clogged drains and bathrooms with less efficient vents can contribute to easily accessible water for potential pests.
7. Hire a Professional for Superior Pest Control Results
Bugs and Rodents just want into your home and you can only go so far on your own. Trained professionals like Edge Pest Control and Lawn Care can take your winter Pest Control to a whole new level. Edge is the ultimate in preventive Pest Control and masters at dealing with existing infestations.
Just like the tenacious pests who won’t quit trying to get in your home, Edge Pest Control and Lawn Care won’t quit either when it comes to keeping them out. Edge goes above and beyond the industry standard to ensure you get the best pest control experience possible. Be sure to contact Edge today for a free quote and take your home back from invading mice, rats, voles, ants, bed bugs, fleas, cockroaches, and spiders.
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