Need-to-Know Tips For Cold Weather Pest Proofing
During the winter months, wildlife and rodents such as squirrels, rats, raccoons and mice seek refuge inside your home to escape the cold weather outside. Once these animals have moved in, they become really difficult to kick out. They can cause severe structural damage and even bite through electrical wires, which presents a huge fire hazard to your home. In addition to property damage, the droppings left behind from these pests can spread disease or allergies in young children, and they’re also known to bring fleas and ticks along for the ride.
Here are some simple tips that all homeowners can use to keep these furry pests out of their homes and in the wild where they belong:
- Store boxes and containers off the floor and re-organize items often to prevent rodents from residing in undisturbed areas.
- Seal cracks and holes that lead into your home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the building.
- Keep outside cooking areas and grills clean and remove any food waste.
- Do not leave pet food or water bowls out overnight.
- Use a thick plastic or metal garbage can with a tight lid and keep these sealed at all times.
- Keep grains and animal feed in thick plastic or metal containers with tight lids. In the evening, return uneaten animal feed to containers with lids.
Preventing outside food sources near your home, and sealing off places where wildlife can enter your attic, basement or crawlspace will go a long way in preventing these furry creatures from becoming your new houseguests. If it’s too late and you’re already experiencing pest problems this winter, contact us today for a free, whole-home evaluation! We’ll figure out what’s causing your problems, where wildlife is hiding, and create a customized wildlife extermination plan to help you take back your home.