As the temperatures drop and winter approaches animals who live in nature may decide to take up residence in your home. Wildlife such as raccoons, skunks, squirrels, opossums and so on are finding that suburban areas close to them are a perfect winter hideout.
Winter Pest Control
Mice are the most common wintertime pest; they can enter a home through a dime sized hole. Insects are another concern particularly wood-eating insects like carpenter ants and termites. Glue boards can help to catch these invaders and also identify the pest causing the problem.
Seal windows and doors
Windows and doors provide the most obvious access to your home. Make sure windows are covered with screens and check for existing tears. Cracks around windows and doors can be sealed with caulk or foam.
Defend your home
If you have a pet door keep it locked at night. Don’t feed your pets outside as this encourages wild life near your home. Make sure garbage can lids are on tight.
Check your home regularly for damage to the roof and vents; repair immediately if any is found. Inspect the attic and basement frequently, particularly before and during winter.
Wildlife like to hide in bushes and plants so ensure that they are 1 to 2 feet away from your home’s foundation. Don’t let rubbish gather near your house, keep weeds under control and trim back tree branches encroaching on your roof.
Call in a professional
Pests can be treated with pesticides purchased at a store, but knowing when to use these as opposed to calling a professional is the key.
An invasion by a raccoon, which can possibly be dangerous, needs to be taken care of by a professional. A large insect or bug infestation, especially one carrying disease or causing destruction to your home should also be handled by a professional.