The winter season can be extremely harsh on your home, which is why it’s so important to do a little preventative maintenance before the cold weather arrives. In addition to getting your home ready for the cooler temperatures, you need to make sure your house is shielded from wildlife who would love nothing more than to spend the winter months nestled in your walls.
Fortunately, keeping your home pest free this winter is easy when you stick to a few simple wildlife practices. Follow these winter wildlife control practices so that you can prevent pest damage to your home during the coldest months of the year.
Pick the Right Storage
One of the most important things you can do to protect your home from wildlife this winter is to make sure that your items, particularly your food, are stored properly.
Improperly stored food can easily attract pests to your home during the winter, and once wildlife identifies your home as a food source, it can be hard to make them leave. Use airtight containers to store your food, and make sure to thoroughly clean up after preparing meals. You should also make sure your important possessions aren’t stored in cardboard boxes, which can easily be chewed through by pests such as mice and rats.
Seal Your Home
The most important winter wildlife control practices are those focused on keeping pests from gaining entry to your home. If there are holes, cracks, or gaps on the exterior of your home, pests can easily gain entry, which means it’s important to seal these weak spots in your house.
Take a walk around the exterior of your home and look for any area that a pest could use to enter your use. Don’t ignore small holes, as many pests, particularly mice, can squeeze through tiny openings. Pay special attention to areas where pipes connect to your home and be sure to add a screen over your chimney. It’s also a good idea to add weather stripping and replace old, cracked mortar.
Remove Moisture and Hiding Places
Keeping wildlife out of your home is a matter of making sure pests aren’t attracted to your property. This means you need to make sure your house is free from excessive moisture and that there are no areas where wildlife can find shelter.
For instance, you should make sure that the gutters in your home are clear and that they are directing moisture away from your house. If you have a wood pile for your fireplaces, your wood should be elevated from the ground and needs to be a minimum of twenty feet from your house. By keeping wildlife off of your property, you’ll make it less likely for pests to impact your home.
Convenient Pest Control Services
Even when sticking to these winter wildlife control practices, it’s still possible to experience an infestation, which is why it’s important to get help from the wildlife control experts at Gilstrap Exterminating.
Our team can help you identify areas of your home that are vulnerable to infestation so that you have a pest-free winter season. Contact Gilstrap Exterminating today.Tags: tips, winter