Winterizing Your Georgia Home to Keep Pests Out
Like it or not, winter is coming to metro Atlanta. Colder temperatures and shorter days will become the norm in just a few weeks. As you gear up for winter, you’re likely getting out the cold-weather clothes, pulling out the warm hats and gloves, and replacing your sandals with warm boots. But you should also be looking around your house and considering what you need to do to prepare it for wintertime.
You’re probably covering up your outdoor spigot, and you might even put plastic over your screened porch. You might put a seal around your windows and bring plants inside. If you have a pool, chances are you’ve already covered it and put extra chemicals in for the winter.
But have you considered the things you need to do to keep pests out of your house this winter?
“Wait a minute,” you might be thinking. “Don’t most pests hibernate all winter?” Yes, most do. Most, but not all. The ones who do go dormant during the winter will be looking for a warm place to hibernate, and the pests that don’t go dormant will be looking for the same warm places to spend the colder months.
No matter the time of year and no matter the weather outside, you can run the risk of seeing pests like ants and roaches in and around your home. In the winter months, however, your chances of seeing larger pests, like rodents, increase. It’s not just mice or rats, but squirrels, chipmunks, and raccoons may also be attracted to your home this winter.
Needless to say, it’s important to add pest control to your winterizing to-do list. There are several things you can do to the interior and exterior of your home to help keep pests of all sizes from getting into your house this winter.
Outside your home, you should do the following:
Clean your gutters. It’s important to eliminate appealing habitats for insects and other critters. Getting rid of the debris that has accumulated in your gutters will go a long way in keeping them away.
Make sure your downspouts are directing water away from your house. Pests look for warmth, but they also look for water. If your downspouts are doing what they’re supposed to, you’ll have less water around your house.
Move mulch and firewood away from your house. Smaller pests can make their home in piles of natural materials, like mulch and wood, while larger pests like rodents can hide in these piles. If you can move firewood and mulch just a few inches away from the house, they’ll be less likely to make their way into your home. Even better, relocate your piles to the back or side of the yard, much farther from your house to reduce the likelihood of critters in your home even more.
Keep leaves blown away from the house. Leaves, like mulch and wood, can attract pests, so keeping them further away from the interior of your home can help keep insects away. This might be a recurring task, depending on how many trees are around your home or how long the trees take to shed their leaves. But even small coverings of leaves near the home can encourage pests to hang around, so be sure to keep your yard clear of them all fall and winter long.
Prune limbs that hang over or touch your house. Cutting back branches that sit close to your house gives pests fewer opportunities to make their way to your roof or gutters, as well as other ways into your home. Squirrels, chipmunks, mice, and rats are especially notorious for hanging around on roofs, and they can even meander into attics if given the opportunity. Remove the low-hanging branches to reduce their presence on your roof and keep them out of the attic.
Seal openings. Do a thorough inspection of your house to spot any places pests can get inside, and seal those openings. Be on the lookout for possible openings as the weather gets colder too. Run your hand along the outside of doors and windows and feel for cold areas that may indicate an opening. An added benefit of sealing your exterior is that cold stays out and heat stays in.
Inside your home, you should do the following:
Eliminate leaks. Since pests are attracted to warmth and moisture, any leaks inside your home can catch their attention. Fix any leaks in your kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry room to keep moisture from attracting pests. Be sure to identify the source of the leak rather than just clean up the water, and don’t hesitate to hire a pest control company to explore the area to look for openings where pests can get in.
Replace weather stripping around doors and windows. Just as you’ve checked for openings around the outside of your house, you should make sure the inside of your home is free of ways for pests to get in. New weather stripping can keep pests out and help keep warmth in.
Cover your trash. Your garbage cans can be a prime food source for pests of all kinds and will encourage them to enter your home and make it their own. Make sure your interior trash cans have covers, and when you take the trash outside, make sure it stays covered.
Clean regularly. Crumbs and other debris can attract pests, so keeping your floors, tables, and counters clean can remove much of what appeals to various critters. Keep your hard floors and carpets as clean as you can, and be sure to thoroughly scrub tables and counters after preparing food, eating, or spills.
Store food items in hard containers. Pests can get through paper, cardboard, and soft plastic, so if you keep your food — and your pets’ food — in hard containers like glass, metal, and hard plastic. Storing food like this will make it nearly impossible for pests to get into your food, and it will reduce their attempts because they won’t be able to smell or locate food sources as easily.
All of these preventative measures are things you can do yourself, and they are great ways to prepare for winter. But if you already have a pest problem or discover one in the midst of the cold season, what do you do? No matter where you live around Loganville and Monroe, you can trust one name for your pest control needs: Pest Force.
We’re a locally-owned family business, so you know you can count on us for friendly service. We’re also pest professionals with years of experience, and we can and will take care of your pest issue, no matter how large or small the problem is.
We can handle just about any pest problem you might have, including ant control, roach problems, termite inspections, bed bug infestations, flea and tick treatments, fire ant control, rodent removal, and so much more. Call Pest Force today for the best termite control in Monroe, Loganville, and the surrounding areas.