How to Pest Proof Your Home
As the weather gets colder here in the Portland and Vancouver areas, people will want to spend more time indoors, and unfortunately so will common pests and rodents. Insects such as cockroaches, spiders, and beetles, and rodents like mice, rats, and squirrels will seek shelter to survive the winter, and there’s nothing more inviting than a warm cozy home.
Insects and rodents alike can introduce diseases and bacteria into your home, and can also cause a lot of damage. Understanding how to keep these pests out of your home is the first step to ensuring a comfortable, pest free winter.
8 Pest Proofing Tips to keep the bugs and rodents out
Below are eight pest proofing tips to make sure the bugs and rodents stay out of your home this winter.
- Make sure needed ventilation points are screened up on the exterior of your home. Attic vents, foundation vents, roof soffits and other exterior entry points should be inspected to make sure they’re in good condition.
- Keep your homes crawl space and garage dry. Insects and rodents are attracted to places they know they can get water. Keeping these areas dry, and free from excessive humidity. This will to help not attract these unwanted pests.
- Seal up any cracks in siding, stucco, and piping. Using exterior grade silicon is a quick solution to stopping entry. Silicon will prevent insect entry but rodents will chew through it.
- Keep food preparation and storage areas clean and tidy. Leaving food and crumbs out is an invitation to pests like cockroaches, ants, and rodents. Keeping dry foods stored in airtight containers is also recommended.
- Inspect your homes windows and doors. Weather stripping, damaged window frames, and doors that don’t close correctly are all easy entry points to your home. Replace or repair window screens for an added level of protection.
- Keep landscaping and plants away from your home. Keeping trees, bushes and plants trimmed so they don’t touch your home is an easy and effective way to keep pests away. Trim tree branches back away from your roof. Don’t make it easy for rodents to access your roof.
- Don’t let pests hitch a ride into your home. Bringing in the holiday decorations from the garage or storage shed? Make sure pests don’t hitch a ride in on these boxes, just one spider can spawn hundreds of babies.
- Don’t leave pet food outside, and keep bird feeders away from your home. Rodents love any food, so leaving these items outside is an open invitation to a never ending buffet.
The above are a few ways you can protect your home from winter pests moving in. A little work will help to keep the bugs and rodents out, and your family comfortable.