People in the US might be most concerned about ants and spiders over any other pest, but those might be the least of your worries.
Most types of pests tend to hibernate in the winter. That includes termites, bed bugs, many other species of insects, and dangerous pests like rodents. Some hibernate in trees and under logs, but others will find their way into residential housing.
That’s why it’s so important to have a pest-proofing winter checklist to protect your home and let you sleep easier at night.
If you don’t know how to keep pests away from your home in winter, these are some useful tips you should use.
1. Tidy Your Garden
Lessen the chances of pests even making it to your house by ensuring your garden is spotless before winter draws in.
You already know that pests and other wildlife hibernate in trees and other fauna. By removing excess yard waste, you’re giving them fewer opportunities to do so in your garden where they may get tempted to enter your cozy home.
Rake your leaves, mow your lawn, and trim your trees and bushes. Remove anything that animals can turn into a nest. Never let your bushes or trees touch your home as pests use it as a way to enter your home.
Keep any firewood neat and away from your home (in a shed is best).
2. Fix Drips and Leaks
Pests love moisture. When they find leaking taps, pipes, and damp patches, it’s like celebrating all their birthdays at once.
One of the most vital pest-proofing tasks is to get those fixed. Yes, you might have to call a plumber which takes time and expense but it will be worth it.
3. Fill Gaps and Holes
Insects (and even rodents) and squeeze through the smallest of holes. Take a walk around the inside and outside of your property and fill any cracks with an appropriate sealant. Don’t forget your garage, crawl space, and ceilings.
Then if you do have to call pest control, their job will be so much easier because they won’t have to spray into the tiniest cracks and holes.
4. Clean Up Your Kitchen
Rodents and insects alike can survive on the smallest of kitchen scraps. So, make sure you put all your leftovers into air-tight containers. Clean up any crumbs and spills as soon as they happen, too.
5. Check Your Christmas Tree
Did you know that Christmas trees can bring spiders and other bugs into your home? Use a torch to have a good look at the trunk, in particular, to see if there are any lurking.
You may want to spray your tree with a DEET-free bug spray before you bring it inside your home.
Get Peace of Mind With Winter Pest-Proofing
Don’t spoil your festive period by needing to call pest control. Nip any pest problems in the bud by using these pest-proofing tips as soon as the cold weather kicks in. You (and your home) will be very glad you made the effort!
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