Your home is more and more at risk for pests to stop by and make themselves at home for the colder months as the temperatures continue to drop. There are enough pests that stay active during the fall and winter but need a safe, warm place to live. Pests may choose your home to take refuge from the cold weather, predators, or simply because the food and water is scarce, though these pests may come inside simply to hibernate. With a few preventative measures, you can prevent most pests from coming inside your home, which is applicable all year long. Keep in mind that you can bring insects inside inadvertently in packages, secondhand appliances or furniture, and other similar means. To significantly reduce the risk of having pests intrude into your Greater Loveland, CO home, we at Effective Pest Services would like to offer some tips and advice on the subject.
How to Stop Pests Inside Your House
If they come inside, most pests will look for food, water, and a place to nest and they often move on if these resources are scarce. In order to remove areas they will likely nest, declutter your home and maintain a clutter-free environment. Get rid of the outdated magazine and catalogs, as well as junk mail, damaged fabrics and linens, and avoid letting anything in your house pile up. Also, organize books and other paper products and linen closets. It offers harborage for pests with over cluttered areas. Next, secure your food supply. Remove any clutter, expired food, and debris as you go through the cabinets, pantry, and bread drawers. They can easily get into poorly packaged food like paper, flimsy plastic, and cardboard. Instead, transfer dry foods in air-tight sealable containers. Also, pet food should be kept in sealable containers. Use dehumidifiers and repair any leaks from appliances, faucets, and pipes as soon as possible to remove the water supply and moist conditioners many pests are attracted to. Around the windows and doors, check for any gaps, if some are found install weather stripping and caulk accordingly. Once a week or more frequently as needed, trash should be taken out always use liners, and wash the inside with hot soapy water once a month. Avoid dishes from piling up, wipe down the counters and sweep the floors once a day, always practice sanitation by cleaning up after every meal and snack.
What Can I Put Outside My House to Keep Bugs & Pests Away?
You need to thoroughly inspect the structure from the foundation to the roof. Check for any damage such as cracks, holes, and gaps. For insects and wildlife to get inside your home, it does not require much space. Bugs can slip through in even small fissures and a mouse only needs a dime-size hole and rat needs only a quarter-size hole to squeeze through, for example. As best as possible, make the necessary repairs and seal the home. Foliage is a lot of pest’s natural habitat. The first open door or window invites wondering pests inside, allowing vegetation to encroach too close to the home. To keep the area around your home minimized of vegetation, trim back the bushes, prune the trees, cut the grass, and pull the weeds. Avoid leaving pet food available 24/7, repair any leaks or inefficient gutters and downspouts to reduce the water supply. Ensure garbage bins are secure with pest-proof lids and stored away from the house. With hot soapy water, wash out the outdoor bins every 1-3 months. All lumber, or building materials, toss the yard clippings needs to be removed, and anything you keep, store away from the house and toss the waste to avoid offering pests harborage.