Learning how to keep winter pests out of your home is mandatory, especially if you live in an area where these tiny bugs are quite common. Most of these eight-legged creatures know when winter is near, so they will do their best to somehow wind up in your home. As you prepare for the cold season, get ready to do some things that will keep winter pests out of your house, indefinitely. Here is what you should do:
Eliminate Their Habitat
In order to solve this problem once and for all, you need to remove the root problem – the habitat. Inspect the exterior of your home, including trees, grass, shelter places, and find those places where pests hide, reproduce and live.
Here are some things to do in order to remove their habitat:
- Clean downspouts and gutters.
- Eliminate debris near the house.
- Store trash bins away from home (at least 20 feet).
- Remove autumn leaves around your porch or any exterior structure.
- Trim shrubs and prune tree limbs that are too close to the house.
- Replace traditional bulbs with sodium vapor lights. The latter do not lure insects.
Inspect Your House for Access Points
Make sure to seal all crevices and cracks with silicone. For large gaps, use steel wool. Remember that rats can easily get inside the house through small holes, so never consider that a crack is too small for rodents and pests to get in. You might also want to screen any chimney openings and attic vents to prevent access in your home.
Keep Your Home Clean & Tidy
Store food in containers and keep your kitchen counters clean. Winter pests love to find those not so tidy places. Dispose of garbage on a regular basis and remember to keep all pet containers sealed. If those nasty pests can’t find the food they are looking for in your home, they will more than likely go away.
If you find that after all your efforts you still have unwanted winter pests, don't hesitate to call Stryker Pest Control of Ohio.