Winter in Michigan brings freezing cold temperatures. Snow, rain, and unfortunately, pests (ants, spiders, mice, ticks, fleas, centipedes, and more) seeking shelter from the elements inside your home. Once in your home, these pests can contaminate food, spread diseases, and do damage to the interior of your home.
Here are the top 4 ways to protect your home from pests this winter. By following these 4 steps, not only will you be protecting your home, but you will also be protecting yourself, your family, and your pets.
Three of the most common entry points for pests seeking shelter during the winter months are:
The roof – The roof is one of the most common entry points for pests due to the fact that there is more than one way in. When on the roof you’ll want to look for torn vent screens, missing or damaged shingles, and any signs of rotting, as these are indicators of a possible pest infestation.
The foundation – You will want to inspect for cracks, holes, or loose siding in the foundation of your home. Also, inspect any area where tubes, wires, or vents enter your home. If not sealed properly, these are easy access points for pests and critters.
Doors and windows – Similar to the foundation, you will want to inspect your windows and doors to make sure they are properly sealed as well.
Clutter provides the perfect place for pests to hide out and call home for the winter months. Also, loose garbage, dirty dishes, and spilled food will attract pests to your home. These are all things pests can’t resist! By cleaning regularly, vacuuming, and keeping all food sealed tight, you are protecting your home (and your common living spaces) clear of pests, all winter long.
A majority of the pests seeking shelter in your home during winter are all looking for the same thing: water. With water, pests are able to stay (hide) in one place for a sustained period of time, they can breed, and they can thrive.
Because of this, reducing, and ultimately removing any accumulation of moisture in your home is essential to keeping pests outside this winter. Check your attic, basement, crawlspace, under sinks, and around drains for any accumulation of moisture. If found, dry up the water and seal any leaks that are present.
The best way to protect your home against a possible pest infestation this winter is to call the professionals at Custom Lawn Care. We have perimeter pest control plans that offer complete protection against any and all creepy crawling insects surrounding your home. Give us a call at (810) 736-3214 to hear more about how our professional technicians can create a season-long barrier of protection to help you take back your yard once and for all!