It’s almost winter time here in the western hemisphere, and you know what that means. Holiday gatherings, fantastic feasts, and colder temperatures. And although the bees and mosquitos are taking a break from bothering us throughout the days and nights, there are other pests we need to worry about in the winter. So here’s a short list of things you should definitely do to winterize your home from unwanted critters.
Jump into home winterization before the cold months or snowy weeks set in. Of course, seeing a decrease in pest activity can cause you to think your home is in the clear, but make sure you’re watching out for the right pests. Wintertime is the prime time for outdoor pests like spiders, rodents, and even ants to head inside and search for a warm, cozy space.
Check Windows and Doors
Some of the easiest entry points into your home are the ones we use every day. Drafty gaps in window frames and weathered weatherstripping are a simple entry for spiders. Before it the temperatures continue to drop, recaulk and seal all gaps of windows, making sure every side is sealed properly. As for doors, make sure weatherstripping is fresh and completely closes off the bottom of your doors. This way, rodents won’t be able to make a quick entry right from a front or back door.
Check Outdoor Points of Entry
We don’t often think about the small and sometimes unnoticed points of entry for pesky pests outside of the home. Check outside the entirety of your home to make sure there are no easy places for pests to get in or to nest.
Check soffits. You might only think of your home’s soffits as an architectural aesthetic, but really they serve a completely functional purpose for your home. Soffits help the entire building breathe, protect rafters from unpleasant weather elements, and can even protect your home from pests. Check those soffits and make sure they’re maintained. Cracks in the material, rotting wood, or holes can not only lead to moisture problems in your home but space between a soffit and a rafter make a cozy home for rodents, squirrels, and other small mammals.
Check outdoor vents. You might not think much of the vents outside your home, and although they’re great to have open in the summertime, you’re just asking for pests if you leave them open in the winter. Make sure vents aren’t damaged and are securely shut. Not only will you do what you can to protect your home from snowmelt entering through vents, but creatures as well.
Check surrounding brick. If your home’s exterior is made of brick or slate, take a good look at the mortar. Rodents like to make nests in damaged mortar points. If you notice a spot between bricks is lacking mortar, contact a professional to fix those weak spots.
Check for Signs of Pests
Of course, we can do all we possibly can to make sure pests and small mammals don’t make their way into our homes, but in the unfortunate case that they do, lookout for signs of infestation to eradicate the problem quickly.
Small droppings inside of cupboards or around food
Holes in food boxes
Musky ammonia aroma
If you see something suspicious don’t hesitate to call a pest control company!