Pest prevention during any time of the year can be a concern. However, as the cold winter months approach, this concern becomes a more pressing issue. Like humans, pests do not enjoy too much time outside in the winter. As a result, they seek warmth and shelter. Unfortunately, your home serves as the answer to the pests’ problem. There are steps you can take to limit how many critters get into your home. Let’s take a look at some easy and effective routines you can get into to prevent a pest infestation.
Seal Up Their Entryways
Since many pests like spiders and ants are so small, they can slip through any size opening to get into your house. When you stop and think of all the tiny cracks and crevices you see around the house, you’ll realize just how many mini “doors” your home has for pests. Plus, that’s just the ones you know about. Inspect the perimeter of your home and search for any unsealed spaces. Crawl spaces, window frames, and ventilation areas are good spots to start at. Seal up any cracks with caulk or an appropriate sealant.
Cleanliness is Key
This goes for any time of year, however, it is especially important during the winter when your home is more prone to pests. Dirt and grime, especially food residue, is a huge attraction for all types of pests. Pests will still be on the hunt for food once inside your house, so the last thing you want is for them to think they have a constant supply of it. Keeping up on regular house cleaning, including areas like the garage and attic, will make your home less desirable for pests.
Many pests are drawn to areas with a lot of moisture, such as cockroaches and centipedes. The most common area in the house to have high moisturization levels is the basement, however, clogged or leaky sinks can accumulate moisturization as well. Dehumidifiers work great for the basement. As for sinks, keep them clean and unclogged. The kitchen sink is particularly important, so don’t let dishes or food leftovers buildup and prevent the sink from draining.
While this solution is more common in the summer months, it can still be useful in the winter. Rodents and other low-to-the-ground pests will constantly crawl around the outside of your home before they find a way in. To stop them from exploring, use a pest spray of your choice to turn them away.
Dealing with a pest infestation or want professionals to help you prevent a future one? Contact Terminix West Michigan today to help find a solution that fits your needs.