When the grill gets stowed or covered and the air begins to chill you know what comes next. Yes, snow. But before the snow, comes the onslaught of household pests. Wasps will squeeze in through eaves or holes in your window screens. Rodents will gnaw their way in through softened wood or areas that have rotted a little. Spiders, cockroaches and a whole host of other creepy things will wiggle their way in through entry points you probably don't even realize you have. So, before the fall invasion gets under way, get your home ready. Batten down the hatches! Raise the drawbridge! Grab the caulking gun!
Many homeowners have problem areas in their homes that go unaddressed because they don't have the money to deal with issues when they arise. But, it is never a good idea to leave a rotted area exposed to bugs and wildlife. Insects will nibble and rodents will chew. Use a caulking gun to fill or seal those spots till you can afford to do a proper repair job. You'll keep the pests from chewing and you'll keep water from causing deeper rot.
Do you have a chimney and a fireplace? When the fire is out, you are offering bugs a perfect opportunity to get into your home. Even if the damper is closed, there is a chance those bugs will find the tiny hole they need. Consider getting a damper for the top of your chimney. This will keep bugs out completely.
Windows and doors can be the most vulnerable areas of a home. When overwintering pests come, make sure they find your screens, door sweeps and weather stripping in perfect working order. It doesn't take much of a slit or crack for bugs to slip inside.
Your basement is an ideal home for many pests. Consider replacing loose mortar around basement foundations and windows to keep them from getting in.
Where do you store your firewood? Is it in the basement? Is it outside, next to your exterior walls? There are many pests that harbor inside wood. When you bring wood inside, you bring those pests in with it. When you have wood next to your exterior walls, you give pests more opportunity to explore those walls for entry points. It is always best to keep firewood 20 feet away and raised off the ground. Any wood you bring inside should be burned within 24 hours to keep egg sacks from having time to hatch.
To fully deter bugs from getting in, a perimeter or exterior wall treatment is needed. It drives bugs away in search of another home to infest.
If you need exclusion information specific to your home and your property, give us a call. Our certified professionals can help you make this winter a pest-free winter. At Witt, we've been protecting homes since 1908. We would love an opportunity to help you protect yours from overwintering pests.