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Get Your Home Prepared for Winter Pests

Winter tends to mean more time spent inside. That’s true for people, pets, and wild animals. Mammals and insects are the most likely to settle inside for warmth and safety. Whether it’s in your walls, basement, or attic, having unwanted pests around, especially rodents in the winter is not ideal. You can look further to learn everything you need to know about black-rats infestation. A good first step for winter pest prevention preparation is to examine the outside of the home. Check for the obvious places pests might use into the house. Holes, large cracks, and gaps in the walls or doors are all potential entry points. Those gaps should be sealed so that animals and insects can’t use them. Not only will it make the home safer from pests, it’ll also be good for the home, too. With the obvious potential entryways sealed, it’s time to look more carefully. The chimney, if you have one, is another point where critters can enter. A guard on the top will prevent birds and rodents from crawling inside, and sealing up any cracks will do the same for insects. As for insects, natural insect control can go a long way to helping keep them out of the home. Make sure to properly prepare for the colder months so that critters don’t sneak inside. Neglected gutters can attract animals, too. The accumulated leaves and twigs can be used by squirrels and other critters for nesting materials. Said animals may decide to find a way inside, perhaps through some damage in the roof. If nothing else, offering up free nest material is not ideal. Besides, regular cleaning of the gutters is good for the home, and not just pest prevention. Cluttered gutters allow water and moisture to collect, which can attract insects. While they may not survive outside in the winter, moisture inside the home is much more dangerous. A lot of insects can live a while without food, but not very long without water. This is why you tend to find spiders and flies in the kitchen, bathroom, or basement. That’s where the water is, usually. Repair leaky faucets and fix any leaky pipes to cut off potential sources of water for pests. It might be a good idea to insulate exposed pipes, too, to prevent condensation. Even though some insects can go a long while without food, it’s still a good idea to regularly clean the kitchen. That will help prevent food scraps from building up, which can attract insects and rodents, too. Rodents can be especially dangerous, so make sure to visit rat-poop.com to learn about the danger of rat droppings in your property. Also make sure to keep food containers sealed, as rodents aren’t above chewing their way to food. In the garage, keep bird seed sealed as well, as the garage tends to attract rodents, especially if it isn’t very clean. On that note, make sure to keep spaces where pests might settle in clean and free of as much clutter as possible. A disorganized and cluttered closet, garage, attic, or basement can create inviting spaces for rodents and insects to settle, especially in the winter. It might be a daunting task if neglected, but, at the very least, keep boxes filled with clothes and linens off the ground. That will help deter rodents from setting up a nest. If you see a pile of rags and cloth somewhere while cleaning, you likely already have a pest and should set up traps. As for the outside, while less of a concern in the winter, there is a right way and a wrong way to store firewood. Exposed and stacked next to the house is not the right way. Ideally, firewood should be stored off the ground and covered with a tarp. This will help prevent ants and termites from using the firewood as an entry point to chew into your home. It can also help discourage rodents from making use of the space as a nesting site. Preparing to repel pests in the winter might be involved, but the effort is well worth the hassle. Anyone who had to deal with pests in the past can appreciate that prevention is much, much better than curing the problem. It can be a lot safer, too.
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Winter Pests

Winter tends to mean more time spent inside. That’s true for people, pets, and wild animals. Mammals and insects are the most likely to settle inside for warmth and safety. Whether it’s in your walls, basement, or attic, having unwanted pests around, especially rodents in the winter is not ideal. You can look further to learn everything you need to know about black- rats infestation. A good first step for winter pest prevention preparation is to examine the outside of the home. Check for the obvious places pests might use into the house. Holes, large cracks, and gaps in the walls or doors are all potential entry points. Those gaps should be sealed so that animals and insects can’t use them. Not only will it make the home safer from pests, it’ll also be good for the home, too. With the obvious potential entryways sealed, it’s time to look more carefully. The chimney, if you have one, is another point where critters can enter. A guard on the top will prevent birds and rodents from crawling inside, and sealing up any cracks will do the same for insects. As for insects, natural insect control can go a long way to helping keep them out of the home. Make sure to properly prepare for the colder months so that critters don’t sneak inside. Neglected gutters can attract animals, too. The accumulated leaves and twigs can be used by squirrels and other critters for nesting materials. Said animals may decide to find a way inside, perhaps through some damage in the roof. If nothing else, offering up free nest material is not ideal. Besides, regular cleaning of the gutters is good for the home, and not just pest prevention. Cluttered gutters allow water and moisture to collect, which can attract insects. While they may not survive outside in the winter, moisture inside the home is much more dangerous. A lot of insects can live a while without food, but not very long without water. This is why you tend to find spiders and flies in the kitchen, bathroom, or basement. That’s where the water is, usually. Repair leaky faucets and fix any leaky pipes to cut off potential sources of water for pests. It might be a good idea to insulate exposed pipes, too, to prevent condensation. Even though some insects can go a long while without food, it’s still a good idea to regularly clean the kitchen. That will help prevent food scraps from building up, which can attract insects and rodents, too. Rodents can be especially dangerous, so make sure to visit rat-poop.com to learn about the danger of rat droppings in your property. Also make sure to keep food containers sealed, as rodents aren’t above chewing their way to food. In the garage, keep bird seed sealed as well, as the garage tends to attract rodents, especially if it isn’t very clean. On that note, make sure to keep spaces where pests might settle in clean and free of as much clutter as possible. A disorganized and cluttered closet, garage, attic, or basement can create inviting spaces for rodents and insects to settle, especially in the winter. It might be a daunting task if neglected, but, at the very least, keep boxes filled with clothes and linens off the ground. That will help deter rodents from setting up a nest. If you see a pile of rags and cloth somewhere while cleaning, you likely already have a pest and should set up traps. As for the outside, while less of a concern in the winter, there is a right way and a wrong way to store firewood. Exposed and stacked next to the house is not the right way. Ideally, firewood should be stored off the ground and covered with a tarp. This will help prevent ants and termites from using the firewood as an entry point to chew into your home. It can also help discourage rodents from making use of the space as a nesting site. Preparing to repel pests in the winter might be involved, but the effort is well worth the hassle. Anyone who had to deal with pests in the past can appreciate that prevention is much, much better than curing the problem. It can be a lot safer, too.
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