Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Prevent A Winter Insect & Pest Invasion

Most of us think that the summer months are the time we need to worry about insects invading our homes. It is true that many animals and insects go into hibernation or a dormant phase when it is cold. But there are others that seek shelter in warm, protected environments. Pest control during the winter is required to keep ants, roaches and other types of insects from disrupting the peace and tranquility of your home. Chances are that without preventative measures, you will see more of them during the winter months.

  • Fill cracks and holes that allow entry for small pests
  • Do not leave food out on counters any longer than necessary, especially at night
  • Trim shrubs, hedges and trees so that they do not touch the house
  • Always store wood away from the foundation of your house as roaches often nest in wood piles
  • Treat as recommended by professionals

Rodents such as mice, rats and squirrels do not hibernate but will happily take of residence in your basement, attic or walls. To prevent rodents from obtaining access to your house follow these steps.

  • Make sure there are no holes in the exterior of your home where they could gain access. Repair and replace any damaged or rotted wood. 
  • Repair any cracks in pipes that may allow entry for a small creature
  • Clean gutters and remove debris that would provide nesting material or habitat
  • Store bird seed in metal containers
  • Treat as recommended by a professional exterminator when necessary

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