The cold, blustery weather is on its way and with it comes seasonal pressures on your home and outdoor property. Preparing your home for what is to come will allow you to enjoy all of the things winter offers, without having to worry about problems throughout the house. Be it pest-related or weather-related, home maintenance issues can turn the coming holiday season into a headache. Start winterizing your home now, setting up lines of defense and prevention from possible pressures on your home.
From Your Pest Control Specialist:Every once and a while homeowners should take a look around their home for holes and gaps because, like many other things, homes change over time.” – John Kane, Regional Technical Specialist for CT/NY/North Jersey
Here are 5 ways to winterize and help keep your home pest free this season:
Tighten: Tighten the house up in general, by searching along the perimeter for holes or gaps throughout your property. Go inside and look behind furniture, in the corners, and cabinets for any potential pest entryways. If you do find a hole or gap, be sure to use a protective sealant or caulk to ensure a strong line of defense against pests who may be searching for a comfortable place inside your home to overwinter. Also, check around windows and doors to make sure pests and drafts do not make it into your home.
Wood and Leaf Piles: Winter often calls for a warm, cozy fire and some leaf raking. If you keep your wood or leaf piles on the property, be sure to maintain at least 20 feet between the piles and your home. These are warm, moist harborages for a slew of pests and the closer they are to your home, the more likely you are to experience a pest problem. In addition, don’t bring in the firewood until you are ready to burn it. Many insects are found in firewood and when you bring in the wood you might be bringing in pests along with it.
Remove Clutter: Before the weather gets too frigid, be sure to go around your property and inside your home to remove clutter. Pests like spiders, rodents, and stink bugs will make themselves at home here if they aren’t taken care of in a timely manner.
Moisture: Go through the house and check for leaks, specifically in bathrooms, attics, and basements. Water is just as essential to life for pests as it is for us humans. Accumulation of moisture will attract a variety of pests to your home while potentially causing a level of property damage to your home as well.
Gutters: Leaves, moisture, and general muck are sure to have built up in your gutters after the fall months have passed. Be sure to clean these before it gets too cold outside. This will ensure that your home is more aesthetically pleasing and less susceptible to winter pest pressures.
General home maintenance is important to the overall quality of life for you and your family, and properly winterizing your home is an essential aspect of this. Overall cleanliness throughout the house will improve your line of defense against pests, specifically rodents. Clean the counters, check for spills, and keep an eye out for these winter intruders.
If you feel as though your home is being infiltrated by pests in the coming months, your best bet is to call your local pest professional. Enjoy the holidays and don’t let pests join in on you and your family’s winter fun.