Reasons to Invest in Pest Control During Winter Season
Almost all home and business owners associate pests, insects and rodent infestations with the warm weather. However, what people tend to forget is that when the weather begins to turn cold pests will seek shelter – usually in your warm home. For this reason, winterizing your residential or commercial property is a very important part of pest control. Richmond Pest Control has highlighted several DIY winter pest control methods that are very effective at keeping insects & rodents out of your property.
10 Easy Tips for Effective Winter Pest Control
Store Firewood 20+ Feet from Home: Termites, squirrels and other insects use wood piles to nest and mate. If this wood is close to your home, pests can easily gain indoor access through cracks & holes in your siding or foundation. Keep wood piles at least 20 feet from any entry point.
Frequently Vacuum Around Windows & Doors: This allows you to catch and trap spiders, silverfish, earwigs, beetles & pest droppings.
Eliminate Moisture: Cockroaches and other pests love moisture and will actively seek out damp spaces in your home or business. Regularly inspect for and fix leaking pipes, clogged drains and excess moisture throughout the property.
Store Food Properly: Uncovered or improperly stored food is the #1 reason bugs & rodents are attracted to your home. Leftovers should be tightly sealed & put away immediately. Further, daily vacuuming of your kitchen ensures there are no crumbs left behind.
Read More: 5 Reasons Pests are Attracted to Your Home
Keep up on Landscaping: Give your grass one last cut before the temperatures drop significantly. It also helps to clean up fallen branches and keep shrubbery & trees trimmed away from your home.
Regularly Inspect for Bugs & Rodents: The eye test never fails. Look for droppings, dead insects and the obvious signs that pests are present in your home.
Invest in Year-Round Pest Control: Don’t just call in the professional exterminators when there is a current pest problem. Invest in pest control & prevention services all year long to stop invaders before they take up residence.
Seal Cracks & Holes Outside of the House: Bugs and mice need only a tiny opening to sneak into your house. Cracks and holes in the foundation, windows, utilities and pipes leave your home susceptible to an infestation. A thorough inspection should be done yearly, using a high-quality caulk to properly seal all openings.
Screen Vents to Chimney: Chimney guards and screens stop persistent birds, squirrels and other pests from living in your exhaust vents.
Replace loose mortar around the basement foundation and worn weather stripping around windows.
Professional Exterminator Services in South Jersey
As the temperatures drop in the early fall months, bugs, insects and rodents are preparing for a chilly, frigid winter ahead. Winterizing your home in preparation for the cold is a vital part of pest control. Following the tips we’ve highlighted above will help reduce the chance of your home experiencing pest and rodent issues. When you put in the effort to keep winter pests outdoors, your home becomes a healthier, more comfortable space to host the holidays with your friends, family and loved ones.
If you suspect you have an issue with pests in your home, it is best to contact a pest professional right away. Richmond Pest Control provides year-round protection against pests for both commercial and residential properties. Our technicians proudly service Atlantic County, NJ and the surrounding communities. For winter pest control or any of our other prevention services, call 609-266-4200.