Winter is in full swing, and while we cozy up indoors, pests are also looking for a warm refuge! Below are some great tips on how to keep pests out this winter. However, their presence can bring more than just annoyance; they can cause significant damage and pose potential health hazards. These pests are notorious for chewing through electrical wires, insulation, and wooden structures, leading to costly repairs. Moreover, they carry harmful bacteria and diseases, risking our health.
As the new year begins, homeowners can proactively keep pests at bay and ensure a healthy living environment. Here are five things you can do during January to keep pests out of your homes:
1. Seal Entry Points
Inspect your walls, windows, doors, and foundation for gaps or openings that could serve as gateways for pests. Use weatherstripping, caulk, or sealant to seal up these vulnerable areas, ensuring a tight barrier against unwelcome visitors. Pests can squeeze through tiny openings, so even the most minor cracks should be addressed.
2. Keep Your Home Clean
Food crumbs and spills are a magnet for pests, so wipe down countertops, tables, and stovetops after every meal. Store food in airtight containers and regularly clean your pantry. Also, dispose of unnecessary items, organize storage spaces, and keep floors clear. A clutter-free environment makes it harder for pests to find hiding spots.
3. Repair Leaks and Damp Areas
Regularly inspect your home for any signs of leaks or dampness. Check for water stains, musty odors, or peeling paint, as these are indicators of underlying issues. Once identified, promptly fix the leaks and address the damp areas. You may need to replace damaged pipes, seal gaps, unclog drains, or waterproof basements.
4. Store Firewood Away From the House
Firewood is not only a cozy addition to your home during colder months, but it can also attract pests like termites, ants, mice, and spiders. Storing firewood at least 20 feet from your home is essential, ideally on a raised platform or rack. This distance and elevation make accessing your house more challenging for pests. Additionally, avoid stacking firewood against exterior walls or near entrances, as it creates a direct pathway for pests to infiltrate your home.
5. Call a Pest Control Expert
If you’ve tried all the DIY methods and are still struggling with those unwanted visitors, feel free to bring in the professionals. Hiring a professional pest control company can make a world of difference in effectively eliminating pests from your home or business, as we can quickly determine the root cause of the problem and develop customized treatment plans that effectively eradicate pests while minimizing any potential harm to humans or pets.
Keep pests from taking over your home this winter!
At Vogelsang Pest Management, we offer an Every Other Month (EOM) Program, which includes more frequent visits and covers general pest and rodent control. Take action now to keep those creepy crawlies at bay and enjoy a peaceful, pest-free environment. Contact us today!