Winter Pest Control Tips Every Homeowner Needs To Know

As the cold weather of winter starts to move into the United States, homeowners are thinking about how to keep pests looking for warmth and shelter at bay. Home and business owners in America spend over $17 billion a year on pest control. Most property owners view the money they pay a pest control professional as a worthwhile investment. With the help of an experienced pest control company, you can find and address problems with rodents, roaches and other pests in a hurry. 

Instead of waiting until you are in the midst of a pest infestation this winter, you need to take preventative measures to keep your home pest-free. Read below to for some essential winter pest control tips. 

 

Be Mindful of How Food Is Stored In Your Home

 

Lots of holidays occur in wintertime. Holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving are celebrated with large meals and lots of family time. If you want to keep pests out of your home this winter, then you have to be mindful of how food is stored. Leaving food on the counter will only attract pests like mice and roaches. Rather than sending out this siren song to pests, you need to invest in some airtight containers to store your food in. 

By sealing up your leftovers, you can remove tempting smells from the air. Making an effort to properly store your leftovers will pay off due to the pest problems it can help you avoid. 

 

Seal Up Exterior Cracks

 

Before extremely cold weather moves into your area, you should take the time to inspect the exterior of your home. When temperatures get low outside, pests will start to seek out warmth. Common pests like mice can squeeze through very small cracks in your home’s exterior. As you perform an in-depth inspection of your home’s exterior, you need to find and fix any cracks that are present. 

 

The best way to seal up small cracks is by investing in a tube of caulk. Not only will sealing up these cracks help you keep pests at bay, it will also help you curb energy waste. If you aren’t comfortable doing these home repairs on your own, hiring professionals is a wise move. 

 

Avoid Leaving Stacks of Firewood Outside

 

Sitting by a nice fire is an activity most people enjoy taking part in during the winter months. If you want to have a fire outside, you will need some seasoned firewood to use. Most people order a load of firewood at the beginning of winter to use throughout the season. When your load of firewood arrives, you need to be careful about where you place it. 

 

Putting a stack of firewood too close to your home can cause pest problems. Ideally, you want to stack your firewood at least 25 feet away from your home to avoid these issues. 

 

If you are currently dealing with a pest infestation, it is time to seek out professional help. The team at Perschel & Meyer Pest Management will have no problem removing pests from your home.