5 Tips to Pest Proof your Home this Winter

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When the temperatures fall, all creatures seek warmth. Unfortunately, this means that unwanted creatures, such as spiders and mice, will seek the warmth of your home. Here are some ways to keep them out of your house.

Remove Clutter

Keep your home clean both indoors and outdoors. Don’t store empty boxes in closets or basements. These just give rodents, spiders and other pests extra areas to hid in and reproduce. Also make sure you clean up any crumbs or food as that is a big proponent in attracting mice and possibly rats. For the outdoors, keep the area next to the home free of leaf debris, firewood, and other organic materials that could attract pests.

Seal Ducts

Gaps in ductwork invite pests, including mice, to enter the ducts. If a pest can enter the ducts of your home, then they can enter the walls of your home, and therefore enter your home. They come and go as they please. Sealing ductwork is especially important if ducts go through the crawlspace or attic, where pests are more likely to live. Most hardware stores carry the metallic tape for sealing ducts. It works better than the grey adhesive tape, which tends to degrade rather quickly.

Seal Gaps around Windows and Doors

Pests will be seeking your home’s warmth, and any gap can become their personal doorway. In time, most window and doorframes develop cracks and gaps as the house settles and wood swells and shrinks. You can seal the unwanted openings around stationary parts with caulk, and seal the mobile parts with any kind of flexible weather-stripping. This well help keep those pests out and help make your home more energy efficient at the same time. It is a win-win situation for you.

Seal around the Foundation

Inspect your home’s foundation for cracks and check all points of entry, such as dryer vents or plumbing, for gaps. While you don’t want to cover vents, you can get pest guards to put over them and you should seal any extra spaces around the vent. It is important to do this not only for preventing spiders and other crawling bugs, but to prevent mice. Mice can get through smaller openings than you might think.

Keep all Food Carefully Stored

Pests enjoy homes for the warmth, but they also need to eat. Deter roaches, rodents and pantry moths by storing all pantry items in airtight containers. This includes all cereals, dry goods, candy, cookies and anything else that is not already in a can or in the refrigerator. If you do spill any food substance, be sure to clean it up thoroughly and quickly. Even trace amounts of breadcrumbs, sugar, or cheese easily attracts pests.

Vigilance is important when it comes to keeping pests away. Keep alert for signs of pests, such as bites, droppings, musty odors, scratching noises or gnaw marks, and go through all the steps for pest proofing again. Cracks and gaps can appear from one day to the next, and this can be all it takes for pests to take up residence with you.

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