Winter is one of the most vulnerable seasons in terms of pests. During the harsh winter months, pests are searching for a warm place to call home. Pests like rodents, spiders, and various types of insects will make themselves comfortable – especially in areas like attics and basements. This is why it’s important to start preparing your home for when the weather gets warmer. Preventative spring pest control can help keep your home tidy while discouraging these pests from invading and reproducing.
Clean Your Home
One of the best – and simplest – ways to help prevent spring pests is to keep the home clean. Deep cleaning in crucial pest-attracting areas of the home can help to keep these areas as unwelcoming as possible. As we know, many pests like insects and rodents much prefer a cluttered, dirty abode where they’re safe in the nooks and crannies. Cleaning the home can help to reduce these dwelling areas while helping to eliminate any current pests that may already have made themselves comfortable.
Cleaning the Kitchen
Pests love kitchens as much as we do! A dirty kitchen is a pest haven, offering a virtually unlimited supply of nourishment. This is why cleaning the kitchen is a key component of preventative cleaning in the winter. Be sure to clean areas behind appliances like refrigerators and stoves where crumbs of food are often found in excess over time. Clean deep inside kitchen cupboards and pantries, as food crumbs tend to have considerable buildup in these areas as well.
Seal Your Home
Sealing is one of the most effective techniques for keeping bugs, rodents, and other pests out of your home. In the cold New England winter, sealing also had an added benefit of keeping the unwanted cold out of your home and preventing leakage of heated air. Sealing the home should be done around any natural or unnatural cracks, gaps, holes, and other orifices that leave openings to the outdoors. Also be sure that sealing takes place in less inhabited areas, such as attics and basements.
Other tips to help stay pest-free through the seasons include:
- Installing weather strip entry doors or sweeps to prevent pests from crawling under doors and entering the home
- Clearing debris and shrubbery from areas that surround your home’s foundation, as pests tend to make homes here
- Storing firewood off of the ground in areas farther away from the home to prevent pests from nesting