Oftentimes, when we think of things like flies, ants and other kinds of pests coming into our home, we tend to take precautions during the spring and summer seasons. But just like we don’t like being stuck out in the cold, the reality is that pests don’t either. This means that if they can find a way to get into your home so that they can stay warm during the wintertime, they will.
So, if you would like some helpful tips on ways that you can keep pests from annoying you this winter season, we have five great winter pest control tips for homeowners below: Seal the cracks. If you have bugs coming in your home and you can’t figure out how they got there, the first thing we recommend is that you check your windows, doors and also your basement for cracks. Remember that most bugs are pretty small. Therefore, they don’t need a lot of room to get into the rooms of your house. So, if you do notice some cracks or small holes, get a bit of caulking from your local home improvement store. That should seal them up.
Keep firewood at least 20 feet from your house. If you happen to have a fireplace, you probably have some firewood stored up. But if you’re keeping it outside, it’s best to keep it at least 20 feet away from you home. Firewood is something that tends to attract mice and ants and sometimes, they build nests inside of the wood. If that wood is close to you, there’s a risk that they could get into your house.
Check for water leaks. Cockroaches and water bugs thrive in wet areas. That’s why it’s important to make sure that you don’t have leaky pipes or even clogged drains. This would include making sure that your attic and basement stays well ventilated and dry. It’s especially smart to look for signs of small water puddles around your refrigerator and under the sink in your kitchen and around your toilet in your bathroom. If you notice some, call a plumber as soon as possible.
Look over your screens. Something else that pests tend to come through are broken screens. So be sure to inspect the ones that you have on your windows and doors to make sure they do not have any holes in them. Also, if you do have a fireplace, it’s important to also check the screen vent to your chimney.
Use eco-friendly pest removal methods. Even with all of these tips, you still might notice a bug in your home. And while you could use a commercial pest removal product like U-Spray Inc. to get rid of them, being that many of them are made with chemicals, we recommend using some ingredients that are already in your kitchen pantry like vinegar, honey, cinnamon and hydrogen peroxide.
They are just as effective in removing pests from your home but you won’t have to worry about breathing any toxins while using them. For a comprehensive “green” pest control list, visit One Good Thing by Jelled and put “natural pest control” in the search field.