As the temperatures dip and the weather gets colder, people want to spend more time locked in their homes, and unfortunately, so will common rodents and pest. Insects, cockroaches, mites, spiders, scorpions, mice and roof rats love to warm up in your home’s nook and crannies just as much as you do.
You do not have to spend money on costly pest management. Here are top five cheap and effective ways to pest proof your home.
- Keeping pest away from your home
Pests, insects as well as rodents are not only destructive to your household property but can also introduce a myriad of diseases into your home. Therefore knowing how to keep the pest away from your home is the first step towards having a stress-free and comfortable pest free winter.
- Seal all points of entry
To effectively keep the rodents away from your home, it’s vital that you seal off any place that makes it possible or the pests to gain entry. While cockroaches are great at wiggling their way through cracks and crevices, mice and rats are extremely adept at squeezing through small gaps.
Therefore, ensure that you inspect the entire exterior of your home for cracks, crevices, gaps and any large openings that could offer pests a leeway to access your home. Some of the common points to examine include attic vents, roof soffits, foundation cracks, loose siding, missing roof shingles, and the gaps around incoming utility lines such as electric, pipes, and water.
- Clean up your home
A cleaner home is less attractive to pests, the less chance a pet will live and breed and the less chance you will go on the defense by either seeking the services of an exterminator in Austin for example or pulling out a can of bug spray.
Kitchens, in particular, should always be kept clean, and all food residues should be discarded in a closed bin. Ideally, set aside 15 minutes each day to wipe down the countertops and other surfaces with vinegar-it remove odor trails left by foraging insects. Also, ensure all your food and groceries are stored in tightly sealed bags/containers to prevent access.
Additionally, make a point of tidying up the overgrown vegetation, weed, mulch and life piles to ensure that lurking pests do not have a place to hide.
- Get rid of clutter
Pests, particularly mice and rats thrive in dusty and cluttered spaces, which offer plenty of convenient hiding spots, especially in places that do not serve as the primary living spaces such as basement, attic, and garage.
For a start, you can clear any junks such as stacks of old newspapers, pick up any piles of laundry from the floor and ensure that you store your items in an organized and elevated position.
- Don’t let pest hitch a ride into your home
Before the winter season arrives, ensure that you perform appropriate yard maintenance. You can use Fiskars hedge clippers to trim back any trees, branches, plants and any other shrubbery that is near your home to eliminate pest “bridges” to your home.
Winter is synonymous with the holidays-a lot happens during December. When bringing decorations to your home, either from the garage or storage shed, ensure that you do not carry the pests concealed in the storage containers. A single spider can spawn hundreds of babies. As a rule of thumb, ensure that you leave the storage containers while opened in the open for at least 15-30 minutes and thoroughly inspect them before bringing them in.
The above tips are just some of the tactics that you can employ to stop the invasion from the uninvited guests. However, if you do encounter a problem during this winter, you can call a professional pest controller in Austin to help you.