How to Prevent Pests During the Chilly Season
As summer is winding down and fall is gliding in, we’re happy to be experiencing a slow decline in temperature, some chill breezes, and the promise of cold weather ahead. You may start thinking about Halloween costumes, but something you might not have thought about is keeping pests out of your home.
The thing with cold weather is that it drives everyone inside, and not just you, your kids and your pets either. Colder weather makes it harder for bugs, mice, and other pests to stay alive, so they creep into your home to escape the cold. Mice are a big part of the problem, since cold weather and less food outside drive them to looking for paths into your home. Given that mice can find their way into your home months before you even see them, this should be a big deal for you as a homeowner.
That means in the coming weeks, and as temperatures start to drop, you need to understand that mice are already trying to find a way into your home, even if you can’t see them. If you don’t take the proper precaution now, they may ruin your Christmas. Who really wants to deal with mice nesting in your children’s presents?
So what do you do to prevent these pests?
The first thing you’ll want to do is take an inspection walk around the outside of your home. Look for holes in the siding or concrete. Window seals might also be vulnerable. Fill holes outside and inside with caulk or other material to prevent mice from getting in.
Another common pest you might run into during the winter are spiders. Spiders always manage to set up camp in corners and basements, but cold weather encourages them to move right into your home and garage. Spiders are trickier to deal with than mice because they’re much smaller and can sneak in without as much difficulty. You still want to be sure you’re sealing off your doorways, windows, and any other holes or entryways.Clearing away the cobwebs, crumbs, and junk that is around the doors, the corners of your garage, and especially in unfinished basements will decrease the appeal for spiders to head on into your warm and well-lit home.
The final step you can take on your own is to make sure you keep mulch, bushes, and any other landscaping features clearly away from your home’s foundations. This can help keep your home free of tiny bugs and pests.
All of these suggestions are good ways to take the first steps in pest proofing your home, but they’re not enough.The only sure-fire way to prevent pests from entering your home is to invest in pest control, which, contrary to what you might think, isn’t just for the summer. Fall pest control is just as important and effective. You can pay for trustworthy and affordable pest control that will last through the fall and winter, keeping mice, bugs, and anything else you want to keep outside of your home. Don’t make the mistake of thinking summer ending means your pest problems are at an end – fall and winter pests are just as pesky! Invest in Hawx Pest Control today.