7 Ways To Prep Your Home From Winter Pests - Daily Hudson Valley News

7 Ways To Prep Your Home From Winter Pests

Dec 10th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

When the temperatures begin to drop, rodents, spiders, and fleas will be seeking warmth and shelter for the winter months. Winter is the time to obtain treatment for pests that are active during the season, and prepare for spring pests.

It’s easy for the winter pests to squeeze through the nooks and crannies inside your home. To prevent this, the experts at Masters Termite & Pest Control have compromised a list of seven essential tips to prevent your home from being invaded by winter pests this season.

* Caulk windows. Rodents can squeeze through incredibly small gaps. A mouse can fit through a dime-sized hole, and a rat can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter. Look around your home for holes that can be an easy entry point for these rodents. These areas around windows are susceptible to holes. Caulk around the inside and outside of all windows to make sure the rodents can’t squeeze their way in.
*Install door sweeps or weather strip entry doors. Mice, rodents and insects can often fit underneath doors. Make sure you take a close look at your home’s exterior doors. If there is any space visible, install door sweeps or a weather strip to keep the pests out all winter long. This is especially important for garage and basement doors.
*Clear greenery and debris from surrounding the foundation of your home. As we know, all pests require food, water and shelter to survive. Vegetation in the area around your home serves as an alluring food source for insects and shelter for rodents. Once close to the foundation it is just a matter of time before they discover entry points in your home.
*Seal cracks in your home’s foundation. Similar to the tips above, eliminating any cracks that the pests might be able to squeeze through is one way to keep them out.
*Screen or cap chimneys. Even if you seal off all of the cracks around the bottom portion of your home, they will find a way to the chimney. Screening or capping your fireplace is a good method of residential pest control. This is important to keep nuisance wildlife like birds, squirrels and bats out.
*Store firewood of the ground and away from the home. Carpenter ants, wood boring beetles, spiders and woodroaches as well as other insects love to live in firewood, which protects them from the winter elements. Store the firewood off of the ground to prevent the insects from infesting the woodpile. Keeping the firewood away from the home until it is time to be burned will reduce the likelihood that the pests will migrate from the firewood to the home.
*Never leave food out in the open. Rodents and other pests are attracted to human food. Quickly clean up food scraps to reduce the possibility of pest infestations.

The coldest time of the year is the perfect time for “nesting”. Pests enjoy having a warm and safe home for the winter months, so, it is important to inspect your home before it’s too late.

Founded in 1982, Masters Pest Control, Inc. is a family owned and operated business that provides a wide variety of pest control services for both commercial and residential properties. Masters has been preserving the value of homes and businesses for over 30 years in Orange and Sullivan Counties, Sussex County, New Jersey, and Pike County, Pennsylvania.


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