Winter Insect and Rodent Control Tips
While winter is approaching some parts of the country, it has already made its presence felt in the greater Pittsburgh area. It’s also the time of year when insects, rodents, and a variety of other pests are seeking food and shelter, the type of food and shelter that is found within the confines of your home. The following insect and rodent control tips will give you the upper hand and help keep those unwanted guests at bay.
Do a pre-winter inspection – this is the time to find out where all the entry points to your home are. Remember, a mouse can fit through a dime-sized space and rats can enter through one that’s the size of a quarter. If you want to keep these pests outdoors, seal up any cracks, holes, and other problem spots that you find (e.g. cable, phone line, and plumbing entry points. Furthermore, install screens over vents, repair damaged window screens, and replace door and window weather stripping.
Clean your home thoroughly – any crumbs and garbage tells insects and rodents that there is a food supply on hand. Additionally:
- de-clutter areas where insect and mice take refuge
- empty all garbage
- keep the kitchen floor swept and mopped on a regular basis
- vacuum furniture and rugs, especially if they are in areas where you eat
- wipe down food preparation counters
Food must be stored properly – even though storing your food won’t stop insects and rodents from getting into your home, eliminating their food supply will prevent them from sticking around. Instead of using plastic food storage bags that rodents can easily chew through, use airtight food storage containers.
Store firewood away from your home – many homes in this region of the US have fireplaces or wood-burning stoves to provide warmth during the winter and control their heating costs. While storing firewood close to the home may shorten the amount of time that you are exposed to the cold, insects and rodents will prefer the food and warm of your home to the wood pile.
Most importantly, contact the professionals – the best insurance against wintertime insect and rodent infestations is a professional pest control service. Remember, a pest’s survival instincts far outweigh all the precautions that a homeowner can take to prevent them from entering the home. Pest control specialists can identify any trouble spots, identify any unwelcomed guests, and eradicate them as safely as possible while ensuring that you don’t experience any further problems during the winter.
If you are trying to end the infestation, it is important to ensure that you get professionals to exterminate them and close off the cracks and crevices so that they cannot enter your home again.