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Keeping Your Home Pest-Free in Winter

Filed under: Commercial Pest Control,Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control,Pest Management — Megan Howard @ 5:59 pm January 15, 2013

This Winter, pests will be seeking food and water indoors to escape from the cold, harsh weather. Ensure that your home is protected by following these seasonal tips:

pest free in winter

For the outside of your house:

  1. Ensure that there are no cracks or gaps in the sides of your house. Pests like mice or rats can squeeze through holes several sizes smaller than themselves; rats have been known to squeeze through holes that are the size of a quarter.
  2. Cracks along the sides of the house should be fixed, either by filling them with silicone caulk, or with the help of a contractor.
  3. Check and repair any damaged weather stripping on all windows and doors.
  4. Broken or torn window and door screens should also be replaced.
  5.  Seal up all pet doors, since these are one of the easiest ways to let pests into your home.
  6. If you have bushes and trees near your home, trim them to ensure that pests can’t access windows or the higher floors of your house.
  7. Any firewood you’ve got stored outside your house should be elevated off the ground and away from the sides of the house.
  8. Repair your roof shingles! Insects are attracted to rotting wood.

For the inside of your house:

  1. Store leftover food in airtight containers and in places like cupboards and fridges. Food should not be stored open when possible. The most important types of food to store in containers would be fresh food like vegetables and fruits.
  2. Keep surfaces clean and free of any crumbs, grease, or residue. These things are oftentimes invitations to pests, such as ants, who can not only scout out the food on behalf of other ants, but also lead them to it.
  3. Trash should not be left lying around, as piles of trash tend to be great hiding spots for groups of mice or rats. Keep trash stored inside covered trash bins to keep pests away.

Watch out for signs of pest infestation such as: chew marks on wires and cables (telltale sign of rats and mice), droppings, sawdust (a sign of carpenter ants), and track marks left by these creatures. If you see these signs in your home, contact Horizon Pest Control for assistance. To learn more about our residential pest control services, go to NJ Home Pest Control.