As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, we begin to spend less time outside and more time inside where it is warm, comfortable, and cozy. Unfortunately, we aren’t the only ones looking to get warm and cozy. In fact, these cold, short days are often an indicator for winter pests of all shapes and sizes to begin their migration into your home.
Once inside, these pests can cause a series of issues in your home. Everything from structural damage to diseases, stings, and bites. Keeping them outside where they belong is imperative. Here are 4 ways to keep them out:
Check all your doors and windows for gaps and cracks of any kind, as these provide easy access into your home for pests (and critters). You also want to look for any wear-and-tear on the exterior of your home, as that may be an indication of a pest trying to get in. Remember, these pests and critters can fit through a dime-sized hole so even the smallest gaps need to be sealed!
By keeping your home dry, it will make it unattractive and uninviting to pests. In the same way that you inspected your home for gaps and cracks, you can inspect your home for unnecessary moisture, and eliminate it. Another effective method is the use of a dehumidifier to pull the moisture from the air and reduce humidity levels. This will make pests uncomfortable, and it can ultimately drive them from your home.
In the same way, pests are attracted to moisture, they are especially attracted to food. After cooking or eating, clean and leave no crumb behind, as that can be a big meal for most pests. Also, make sure your food is sealed in airtight containers and stored away.
To keep pests from coming near the exterior of your home, it is important to:
Lastly, trim any trees, shrubs, or plants that run up against your home, as that can allow easy access for pests and critters as well.
At Colonial Lawn and Garden we have a perimeter pest control service that will keep these pests outside where they belong. Give us a call today at 509-966-1655 and let us help you bring peace back into your home.