During the cooler times of the year, most homeowners discover they do not have as many pest incidents causing havoc to their structures. While some pests, like mice or rats, harbor inside of walls and wait out cooler weather, many others are nowhere to be found until the outdoor temperature rises. Using cooler months to prepare for the emergence of pests in the spring and summer helps you to avoid infestations.
Conduct A Thorough Cleaning
Many homeowners conduct spring cleaning sessions to rid their homes of items no longer needed. They then completely clean surfaces in preparation to showcase their homes to visitors during the warmer time of the year. Instead of holding off until springtime, consider doing a deep clean of your home during the winter months. Wiping down all surfaces with cleaner, vacuuming or sweeping floors to remove debris, and going through old items to make room in your home all helps to keep pests from infesting the interior. Many pests are attracted to dirtier areas and use clutter to hide behind, under, or inside.
Check That Entryways Are Blocked
During the cooler time of the year, do a complete evaluation of the condition of your home's exterior for signs of damage. If there are holes present within your siding or if gaps are present around doors or windows, these areas are prime for allowing pests inside of your home. Patch damaged spots before the temperature rises to make it less likely pests get past the exterior of your home. If you hire a contractor to assist, they are generally less busy during cooler months, which makes it easier to schedule service without delay.
Remove Attractions From Your Property
Many pests are attracted to areas where moisture is abundant. Remove water sources from your property before pests emerge for the spring, summer, and fall. Invest in coverings for swimming pools, fountains, or birdbaths. Keep them covered when they are not in use. If you have a woodpile on your property, consider moving it out of view of your home as seasoned wood attracts termites, ants, and mice.
Consider Getting An Evaluation Done
If you are worried about pests invading your home during warmer months, contacting a pest control service to evaluate your property is an option. A pest control specialist can come to your home to check for existing signs of pests and to provide you with recommendations to keep them away. If desired, they treat the home for pests you had present in the past to ensure they do not show up again in the future. Contact a pest control company for more information.