As the weather continues to cool down, many pests will begin to look for shelter indoors – and your home is the perfect place for food and warmth. Now is the time to ensure your home is pest-proofed so you’re not dealing with a pest problem during the winter.
Pests can get inside through tiny entry points and some can cause serious health concerns by contaminating food and transmitting bacteria. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), mice and rats can spread diseases like Salmonella and Hantavirus, while cockroaches are known to trigger asthma attacks. In addition to that, spiders can bite, which can lead to severe reactions. Rodents also put homes at risk for electrical fires by gnawing on wires.
Here are a few tips to help pest-proof your home from the outside:
- Make sure outside doors are well-sealed. If light can be seen around or under the door, then insects can gain access inside.
- Repair torn screens. Screens are a prime entry point for pests.
- Seal around conduits or piping where it enters the structure. Many insects and rodents follow power lines or climb conduits or pipes to get inside your home.
- Remove excess leaves from the roof and rain gutters. This keeps ants and other insects from breeding under the build-up.
- Keep the garage door closed and ensure weather stripping is in good condition.
- Remove wood debris and keep woodpiles away from your home’s foundation. This helps prevent rodent nesting or insect colonization next to your home.
By following these tips, this should help prevent any unwanted guests from sneaking into your home this winter.