Thursday, October 22, 2020

Keeping Your Home Pest-Free This Winter

 With winter around the corner, you’re probably already working on making your home nice and cozy. It’s lovely to come home to a warm, inviting house, but there’s a catch - animals think so too! In winter, and indeed the rest of the year, your home can be an attractive space for pests to shelter and try to make their home your own.

Unless you want some unexpected visitors this winter, here are some of the ways you can keep your home pest-free.

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Keep your home clean

Bugs and vermin are typically attracted to waste and garbage, which is why the first step to keeping your home pest-free is to keep it clean. By cleaning like a pro, you’ll be able to keep counters and other surfaces free from mess, while also making sure you tackle the trash and any discarded food.

Always make sure food is put away securely - anything remotely tempting could attract all kinds of unwanted attention from pests looking for something to eat.

Seal up any gaps

It doesn’t take much for a mouse or a cockroach to make its way into your home. A regular inspection for any cracks, holes or gaps will help you find any entry points where something might enter your home. This can also help you keep out a draft if you’re feeling a chill in your home! For serious repairs, you may need a professional to help you with this. 

If you have a cat flap or a doggy door, you might want to consider upgrading to one which only your pets can access to stop any others from making their way into your house.

Get your yard in order

While you should be taking steps to get your backyard ready for winter, you should also be looking at the things that might be attractive to different pests and doing what you can to eliminate them. Overhanging branches, bird tables next to fences, etc. are attractive to squirrels, rats and other rodents, while having your trashcan left open can also be tempting to garden visitors. 

Spend time checking your fence and other areas of your backyard to make sure everything is as secure as possible.

Bring in the professionals

If you suspect you have squirrels or raccoons in your attic or other pests you’re unable to handle yourself; it’s time to bring in the professionals. Wildlife removal services can help you get rid of these pests in a humane way, helping to protect your home from damage and identify areas where it might happen again. Bring in the pros sooner rather than later before your home needs a lot of repair work and cleaning up!

Nobody likes dealing with pests, so it’s better to take precautions and prevent them from coming into your home in the first place. Keep your home clean, get your yard in order, and take steps to keep unwanted critters out of your home. 

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