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Keeping Your Home Pest Free For The Winter

Sunday, September 22, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lauren Middleton
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Pests become very similar to humans in the winter. They get cold and want to be indoors. As the temperature drops, your home will start to look very tantalizing to pests that are feeling the winter chill. Common winter pests that may try to invade your home include insects and rodents. Both of these pests can cause different types of problems. Mice and rats can eat through food containers, wiring, and cause structural damage. They can also spread diseases and bring fleas indoors. Insects can contaminate food as well as bite homeowners and damage a home’s structure.
To keep these pests at bay, utilize the following tips.

Seal cracks with caulk on the outside of the home. 
Keep food in air tight containers. Food that is sealed might be less appealing to a hungry rodent. 
Store your winter firewood at least 20 feet from the home. If possible, try to store it 5 feet off the ground as well.
Eliminate areas in the home that are prone to moisture. These are attractive to cockroaches.
Try to pick up the clutter. Mice and insects love to hide in piles of stuff.
Keep trash containers sealed. Garbage attracts pests.
Replace window weather stripping.
Store bird seed in a chew proof container outside of your home.
Inspect anything you bring in the house for pests. This is especially important for firewood and Christmas trees.

If all of these tips fail, you may want to consider hiring a professional before the infestation gets too bad. Many pest control companies are now offering winter pest proofing packages. The services include everything from sealing your home to putting down deterrents. Keeping your home safe and pest free can add a feeling of warmth to the long, cold winter!
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