Protecting Your Home From Pests

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With the recent frigid temperatures and cold winter weather, we all know the importance of protecting your pipes, elders and pets. However, did you consider the other “p?” Protecting your health, home and property from pests is important this time of year and throughout the year.

Mice, squirrels, flies, rodents and wildlife are in search of avenues into your structure to stay warm. Finding their way inside is easy! Tree branches overhanging onto the roof, openings at the bottom of your garage door, pipes that run into your home, loose vents and other gaps, basically have a “Welcome Home” sign out for these pests.

Instead of a “Welcome Home” greeting for pests, stop unwanted pests from joining you in your home this winter season.  Below are a few pest prevention tips.

  1. Eliminate food sources. Mice, ants, moths and wildlife will stick around if food is plentiful. Take out the garbage frequently and store in a sealed container. Avoid leaving food out and keep areas where food is prepared and consumed clear of crumbs. Keeping food store is plastic containers prevents pests from nesting and contaminating food sources.
  2. Seal cracks and holes. The best way to prevent pests, rodents and wildlife from entering is sealing up entry points. Ensure your garage door properly closes and has a door sweep. Areas around your foundation, vents, pipes and hoses are prime entry points. Keep in mind, a mouse requires an entry point the size of a dime.
  3. Inspect your home regularly. What do we mean? How many times do you visit your attic a year? Probably less than five! Make sure animals are not nesting or there are evidence of their droppings. Make sure pipes are not leaking causing moisture problems, which can eventually lead to a pest infestations. Pests can find creative ways to get inside. Inspect items such as boxes of decorations, package deliveries, and grocery bags before bringing them indoors. If you travel often or have had guests stay over, check your bedroom for signs of bed bugs.

The best way to protect your home and prevent any type of pest infestation during the winter is to follow these pest-proofing tips now and throughout the year. Keep in mind, at the first sign of a pest infestation (noise, evidence, damage), to contact a pest professional. Clifton Park pest control professionals will assess the situation and recommend treatment.

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