Ridding Your Home of Insects

3 Tips For Keeping Your Home Pest-Free This Winter

by Ted Miller

There are many seasonal pressures for your home that come with cold weather. To ensure that you are able to enjoy the various things that winter has to offer without having to constantly worry about your home and property, it is important that you properly prepare your home. This is true for weather and pests; otherwise, home maintenance problems can turn into a huge headache. So, here are three tips to help set up a line of defense that will minimize your seasonal pressures:

Tip #1: Seal Up Around the Home

Inspect the perimeter of your home for any gaps or holes, which could allow cold air or pests inside. You will want to look inside, especially behind furniture, behind cabinets, and in corners for any potential entryways for pests. If you do locate a gap or hole, you will want to use caulk or sealant to create a line of defense against cold air and pests who may be trying to find a place to spend their winter. Don't forget to also check around doors and windows for drafts and areas that pests may be able to enter the home.

Tip #2: Keep Leaf and Wood Piles Away from the Home

During the winter, you will likely find yourself raking leaves and cutting firewood. If you keep leaf and wood piles on your property, it is important that these piles are not right up against your home. This is because these piles are warm, moist and dark, which creates the perfect environment for pests. Therefore, the closer that the piles are to your home, the greater the chances are that you will have a pest problem inside your home.

Also, when it comes to the firewood, try not to bring it inside the house until you are about to burn it. This is because there are numerous insects that can be found in the firewood, which means that you could be bringing insects into your home.

Tip #3: Eliminate Clutter Around the Property

Various pests enjoy clutter, so it is imperative that you take the time to clean up your property – inside and out. The most common pests that enjoy clutter include spiders, mice, and stink bugs. You will want to remove old tires, metal, etc. from the outside of your property. Inside, you will want to ensure you are emptying your garbage regularly and getting rid of boxed items that aren't necessary, such as old boxes of clothes.

If you run into a pest problem that you can't seem to get rid of, contact a residential pest control service, such as Bio-Lab Pest & Termite Control, for extermination.