You’re not the only one who is going to want to spend most of your time indoors this winter. There are also a whole host of pests out there, including everything from mice to cockroaches, that will try to come in from the cold. Lots of pests like to attempt to gain access to homes in the winter so they don’t have to worry about finding food and water out in the wild.
Here are some ways to prevent pests from coming into your home once the temperature drops:
Seal up cracks and crevices in the exterior of your home
Before the snow starts falling this winter, walk around the outside of your home and look for any cracks and crevices that might provide pests with a place to sneak into your house. Even the smallest of cracks can prove to be large enough for a pest. Use a silicone-based caulk to seal up any cracks you find to stop pests from getting into your home.
Avoid stacking firewood directly next to your house
Do you usually stack firewood right next to your home so you don’t have to go all the way outside to get it? This might be more convenient than moving it away from your home, but it could also invite pests to set up shop. Try to keep firewood at least 20 feet away from your house. This will stop pests from turning your firewood pile into their home before eventually finding a way to come into your house.
Declutter attics and basements so pests don’t have anywhere to nest
If pests are able to make their way into your home, they’re going to try to find a place to build a nest. If you have boxes and other clutter all over the place in your attic or basement, they won’t need to look very hard to find somewhere to nest. Clean up any clutter before the winter begins so pests don’t feel welcome if they end up in your home.
Call a pest control company at the first sign of trouble
Did you spot a mouse running across your kitchen floor or a cockroach down in your basement? Get in touch with a pest control company right away. They can investigate your pest problem and exterminate it before it starts to get out of control.