Winterizing Your Georgia Home
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 probably looking around your house as what you need to do to prepare 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. 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, but not all of them. The ones who do will look for a warm place to go to hibernate, and the pests that don’t hibernate will be looking for the same warm places to spend the colder months.
No matter the time of year, you can run the risk of seeing pests like ants and roaches, but in the winter, your chances of seeing larger pests like rodents go up. It’s not just mice or rats but squirrels and racoons that may be attracted to your home this winter.
So 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:
Clean your gutters. It’s important to eliminate any potential habitat for insects and other critters, and 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 exterior walls. Pests can make their home in piles of natural material 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.
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.
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.
Seal openings. Make a thorough inspection of your house to spot any places pests can get inside, and seal those openings. An added benefit of sealing your exterior is that cold stays out and heat stays in.
You can take some simple steps inside your house to prevent pests this winter:
Keep your house dry. 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.
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. Make sure your interior trash cans have covers, and when you take trash outside, make sure it stays covered.
Sweep and vacuum regularly. Crumbs and other debris can attract pests, so keeping your floors clean can remove the things that may appeal to them. Keep your hard floors and carpets as clean as you can.
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, it’s nearly impossible for them to get into your food.
All of these preventative measures are things you can do yourself, but if you have a pest problem, 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 can count on us for friendly service. We’re also pest professionals who can take care of your pest issue, no matter how large or small the problem is.
So what are you waiting for? Call Pest Force for the best termite control in Monroe, Loganville, and the surrounding areas.