As the brisk winter winds sweep across Texas, not only do we seek warmth and shelter, but so do many pests. At Dutch Boy Pest Control, we understand the unique challenges that come with pest control during the colder months. Here’s our expert guide on how to keep your home pest-free this winter.
Seal the Gaps
Winter is the time when pests like mice, rats, and even some insects search for cozy spaces to escape the cold. To prevent these uninvited guests, inspect your home for any cracks or holes in the exterior. Pay special attention to areas where utility pipes enter. Use caulk, steel wool, or weather stripping to seal these gaps.
Keep It Clean
A clean home is less inviting to pests. Regularly vacuum and clean floors to remove crumbs and spills. Ensure that food is stored in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
Pests like cockroaches and silverfish are attracted to moisture. Fix leaky pipes and clogged drains, and use dehumidifiers in damp areas like basements. Also, make sure your attic and crawl spaces are well-ventilated.
Many Texans use firewood during the winter, but this can attract pests like termites and carpenter ants. Store firewood at least 20 feet away from your home and keep it elevated off the ground.
Inspect Holiday Decorations
Pests can hitch a ride into your home via holiday decorations. Inspect and shake out any stored decorations before bringing them indoors.
Sometimes, the best defense is a good offense. Consider a professional pest inspection. At Dutch Boy Pest Control, we offer thorough inspections to identify potential problems before they become infestations.
Prevention is key when it comes to pest control in the winter. By following these tips, you can enjoy a cozy, pest-free home. For more advice or professional pest control services, contact Dutch Boy Pest Control. We’re here to help you keep your home safe and pest-free all year round.