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How to Avoid a Winter Pest Assault

Winter may be hanging on by a thread, and while it may be over soon you can never be too diligent in protecting your home against little invaders. Your nice, warm home is a beacon to little creatures that are looking for food and shelter, and they’re crafty! You have to constantly be on your game to ensure that you and your family are the only creatures living in your home. Here are some strategies to help keep your home pest-free as the warm weather approaches.

What’s the Big Deal?

You may be wondering how big of a deal keeping the little creepy crawlers out of your house is, but just think about this: Insects and their little rodent friends love to feast on wood and wires and are like an invading army that leave nothing but destruction in their tiny wake. They are small creatures that can create huge problems. They are looking for a warm place to do their own breeding too, and the moist, warm crevices they crave can also encourage mold growth and rot. Basically, keeping them out of your home is worth the effort.

There is a huge plus to pest proofing your home, though – energy efficiency. When you plug up all the cracks and crevices that lead into your home you’re not only fighting infiltrations but also keeping the heat in. So, fight those little buggers and at the same time lower your energy bills. That’s what is called a win/win situation!

But My Home is Impenetrable

Do you think your home is Fort Knox? Well, you may have started the winter that way but as the cold wind blows it cuts straight through your home’s defenses. The weather effectively creates weaknesses in the protective measures you may have taken around your home, and these are exactly the kind of weaknesses that pests will take advantage of.

What To Do?

Look, you may not have an infestation right now, but you need to realize that pest invasion isn’t something that you should drop the ball on – it will always be a threat, no matter the season. Remaining diligent isn’t that difficult to do, though. All you need to do is:

  • Make sure no trees branches are touching your home or coming too close. They can serve as a superhighway for rodents into your home.
  • Eliminate the nesting ground of pests by cleaning away your clutter in rooms like the basement, the attic or a utility room.
  • Look your home over for rotting wood on the outside that could give pests easy entrance.
  • Make sure your weather stripping is doing its job, and also check for cracked mortar in your foundation.
  • Keep your kitchen clean and food stored up tight. You don’t want to create a buffet for little beasties.
  • Caulk up any gaps or cracks on the outside of your home with a silicone-based caulk.
  • Hire your friendly local pest control company to inspect your property.
  • Don’t keep firewood too close to your home. It needs to be at least 20 feet from your home, off the ground and covered.
  • If you have ice dams address them.

Do You Have an Infestation?

How do you know if you have an ongoing pest problem? A couple of things to look for are:

  • Chewed boxes, especially the corners.
  • Piles of sawdust where there shouldn’t be.

Most people don’t realize they have an infestation until it’s too late and damage has been done to their home. If you’re concerned you may have an infestation, don’t hesitate to call your friends at GreenArmy today!

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