It is a common misconception that when the temperature drops pests will simply disappear until the spring. The reality is that many pests synonymous with warmer weather, like mosquitoes, ticks, ants, and termites, can survive well into the winter and some may even look to our homes for a warm place to stay.
iPest Solutions recommends the following tips for keeping cozy by the fire without any interruption from winter pests:
- Trim back trees to prevent access to the underside of the roof overhang. Even if there is some form of damage to the roof, it may be worth getting in touch with a roofing round rock tx company, for example, as they will be able to get the roof fixed, which can prevent any pests from entering the home.
- Declutter your basement, attic, home office, and any utility rooms to remove harborage sites for rodents. Anything that cannot be thrown away should be stored in airtight office storage boxes to prevent pests from finding their way into your belongings.
- Repair loose mortar and replace worn weather-stripping around doors and windows.
- Store food in a sealed container and keep crumbs off of the floor.
- Seal any cracks or gaps on the home’s exterior with a silicone-based caulk. If you don’t have any of this, silicone can be found in most stores. This helps to close up any small gaps where pests could enter your home. This will prevent them from entering through walls. Additionally, you might also need to consider a fascia and soffit replacement if they’re damaged to ensure pests can not enter the roof of your home.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home on a raised, covered structure. Inspect pieces of firewood for signs of pests before bringing inside for use.
- Partner with a licensed pest control professional to inspect the home and address any pest problems.
Another way to prevent a winter pest invasion is by avoiding ice dams. These dams can cause moisture problems in homes, which attracts rodents and cockroaches, among other pests. If a homeowner suspects an infestation of any kind this season, iPest Solutions is only a phone call away.
For more information on how to prevent pests from invading homes this winter, visit www.wacopest.com