Growing up, I lived in a sprawling farmhouse in the country. This beautiful home was constantly filled with the sounds of laughter and the smells of delectable food being prepared in the kitchen. Unfortunately, our home was often invaded by some unwanted guests, ants. Pesky ants would welcome themselves into our living room, kitchen, dining room, bedrooms, and bathrooms. One night, I crawled into my bed only to discover I wasn’t alone. Ants had somehow climbed onto my bed! These destructive ants even ate holes in some of the clothing hanging in my closet. Is your home filled with unwanted, biting ants? On this blog, you will discover the latest methods pest control specialists use to rid homes of pesky ants.
Now that winter is here, you probably thought that your pest problems were out of the way. After all, ants, roaches and mosquitoes usually take their leave as soon as the cold weather arrives. Unfortunately, summer isn't the only time when pests can wreak havoc in your home. Truth is that pests such as spiders, termites, rodents, and even stinkbugs, can find their way into your home, and do some serious damage. Here are five steps you can take to help keep those pests away.
Begin with an Inspection
When you're dealing with winter pests, the most important thing you can do is begin with an inspection. Most people don't know what type of pests to be aware of during the winter, or where to look for them at. Without that information, you may overlook pest activity. As soon as the temperatures take a dip, schedule an inspection with your pest control company.
Create a Barrier Around the Foundation of Your Home
Once you've scheduled your inspection, you'll need to start taking some steps to keep the pests under control. If you've got debris gathering around the foundation of your home, you could be providing nesting spaces and access points for winter pests. To provide proper protection, you'll need to create a barrier around the foundation of your home. One way to do that is to clear a space that is free of mulch, weeds, dry grass, and wood.
Ensure Proper Attic Ventilation
You might not realize this, but the condition of your attic could be inviting winter pests. If your attic is musty, moldy, or moist, pests may find the conditions favorable for winter nesting. If you've noticed any of those conditions in your attic, you'll need to improve the ventilation. Installing attic fans will help prevent moisture, and keep the pests away.
Seal Your Pet Food
If you've got pets, you probably have plenty of food on hand for them. If you're storing the food in the original packaging, you could be increasing your risk of sustaining a pest invasion this winter. Instead of keeping the food in those big bags, transfer it into heavy-duty plastic containers. Not only will the food stay fresher, but you'll also stop pests from sniffing out the food.
Clear Out Your Crawlspace
If you've got a crawlspace under your home, there's a good chance pests will zero in on that area for winter nesting, especially if you use it for extra storage space. Before winter officially arrives, clear out any cardboard boxes you may have in your crawlspace, and then seal off the entry points. You'll clear out the clutter, and keep the pests away.
Contact a service, like Alliance Pest Management, Inc., for more help.