There’s a very common misconception among many homeowners about pests and winter. Even though we don’t often see flying insects like flies, bees, and mosquitoes during the cold months, it doesn’t mean there no longer is a reason to be wary of pests in general. The thing is pest control has to be performed all year round; and while those flying varieties do damage during the summer and in the fall, colder months are a time when other filthy creatures remain active.
Yes, winter pest control is real and no matter how you dislike it so much, it still is something that needs to be done in order to fend off pests that aren’t afraid of the cold, including rats, mice, cockroaches, and even spiders. These are the crawling varieties that hide in the dark and take shelter in the warmth of our homes. Without pest control, they’ll easily find their way up, even exposing themselves to the cold temperature just to get access to food.
Good thing is there are effective ways in order to prevent them from gaining access to your home. You want to give them no reason at all to thrive and breed inside your home while the weather outside isn’t do desirable.
1 – In order to prevent rodents from getting inside your kitchen, look for cracks and holes the size of a coke bottle and seal them on the outside. Also, include in your search those areas where pipes and other utilities from the outside enter the home because they too can be ideal entryways for mice.
2 – If you have very old weather stripping and loose mortars, be sure you replace them all right before the arrival of the cold season. In fact, it is strongly advised to replace all the worn out ones in the windows and basement.
3 – Although you might have gotten used to seeing all the clutter in your home, you should know that they become quite the ideal hiding place for rodents because they become some sort of a shield against the cold temperature. So go to your storage area and organize it in a manner that no hiding places are feasible for rodents to hide and take comfort in.
4 – If you use firewood at home, place them far from the home because ants as well as mice love to build their nests in those piles of wood, the obvious reason of which is because they give warmth and shelter from the cold. If you put the pile near your home, both ants and mice will have a convenient means of getting food and taking it with them in their new, temporary home.
5 – Areas and components of your home that’s filled with moisture needs to be dried up. This includes clogged drains, leaky pipes, and your bathroom. If moisture is present, sure roaches are too. They’re filthy, dirty, and carry disease even in winter.
6 – Make sure ventilation in the basements, attic, and crawlspaces is ideal and dry. There have been so many instances of roaches, mice, or even ants building a network of safe havens and passages in those areas if there is no proper ventilation and moisture is present.
The fact that winter in itself brings enough inconvenience means you shouldn’t be ignoring your basic homeowner duty of pest control. No one wants to live in a home where there’s below freezing temperature and full of all kinds of crawling creatures.