With cooler months just around the corner, you’ll likely want to start thinking of different things you’ll need to do around your home to prepare. From putting away your lawn furniture and favorite grill to washing your windows and cleaning out your gutters, the list seems to be never ending. If you don’t have time to get to all the things on your list before colder weather settles in for the season, make sure you don’t overlook securing your home from pests. Insects, rodents, and other pests may want to make your home their winter den, but with a few preventative measures you can stop them from settling in.
The first thing you’ll want to do is a thorough inspection of your home’s interior and exterior. This includes around your home as well, such as in your garden, sheds, and garages, where pests often start. Look for any noticeable cracks, holes, or other points of entry that may be inviting to unwanted house guests. Write down any you may notice, so that when you go back to seal them up later you remember where they are.
Clean the Area
After you’ve identified areas of entry around your home, you’ll want to begin the process of sealing it off. Before you can do that, however, you’ll want to clean the area of any dirt or debris that may be present in or around your home that may be an enticing place for pests to hide. Rake away any leaves or sticks that may have gathered around your foundation, in your garden, or around your home. If you have any branches that hang close to your home, you may want to trim those back as well, since they often serve as a bridge for pests to reach your home easier. Having a clean, well-maintained area can make your home less likely to be infested.
Once you’ve cleaned around your home, you’ll want to arm yourself with the proper tools to protect your home. Make a list of any supplies you may not have on hand, such as caulk, weather stripping, wooden boards, or siding so that you don’t have to make multiple unnecessary trips to the store. Once you have all your supplies on hand, you’ll want to begin the process of sealing off your home.
After you’ve purchased your supplies, the work of fortifying your home from unwanted common winter pests begins. Use weather stripping to seal off any cracks or gaps you may have identified under your doors or around your windows. If you have other cracks in your home, some caulk or boards can help to seal them off. Give the interior of your home a good cleaning as well, paying particular care to your kitchen and bathroom, where pests often live.
Once you’ve sealed off your home and given it a good cleaning, the next step is to maintain good habits around your home to keep it protected. If you have a habit of leaving food on the counters, you may want to consider storing it in an airtight container where pests won’t be as tempted to look for it. Don’t leave dirty dishes or food in your sink. Clean your home regularly and don’t let dirt or debris accumulate in dark corners of your home. If you have boxes, bags, or other clutter piled up around your home, throw them out or move them to another location away from your home, so pests have less nesting options.
Using these tips, you can help keep your home safe against infestation during the cooler winter months. The more diligent you are in keeping your home clean and free of debris, the less appealing it will be to unwanted pests.