Rodents and insects are on the move, searching for a warm place to sleep and breed this winter. If you aren’t careful your house could turn into a boarding house for unwanted visitors. Follow these steps from Turf Tenders to make sure your home stays your home this winter.
Keep Your House Dry
Insects and rodents are attracted to moisture and they need very little to survive. A small leak or a humid basement is enough to sustain a healthy infestation. Utilize dehumidifiers in basements, attics, and crawl spaces to keep them dry and unappealing.
Give the outside of your house a once-over this fall. Check for holes in screens or vents. Make sure weather stripping and caulking are in good condition. Inspect the foundation for cracks and seal them if there are any. Making sure your house is sealed up also prevents heat loss.
Insects Love Firewood
Firewood should be stored at least 20 feet away from your house. Keeping logs in your house is an invitation for infestation. Logs are a common habitat for ant colonies, cockroaches, spiders, and more. Once inside your warm house the insects are free to leave and roam around your house looking for food. So store your wood outside until you are ready to burn it.
Pet Food Is Also Rodent Food
If it’s good enough for our dog to eat then it’s good enough for anything else. You might be careful about leaving human food out but people sometimes forget about pet food. If your pet isn’t eating it, store it.
Make Your House Unlivable For Pests
Not for you, for the pests. You can take precautionary measures by setting traps around your house just in case. Make sure the bait in the trap is the only food source in the house. Ultrasonic repellents and spray barriers work as well.
Clean Up Around Your House
Keep piles of leaves or other debris away from your house. If you keep birdseed or garbage in your garage store them in metal containers not plastic. Mice, rats, and squirrels can chew through plastic bins easily.