It’s hard to believe that winter will be here soon, and it seems that mother nature wants to give us a few days of what to expect. But one thing that we can tell you is that you don’t have to worry about the pests entering your home. We at Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators want to help you and your family stay safe this winter from those pesky pests. Let’s take a quick look at how you can prepare your home for the winter and its pests that may cause a problem below.
Clear the Clutter
This is one of the top things that you must do when you are preparing your home for the winter. Do you have a lot of clutter in the garage, attic or even a few bedrooms? If you do, cleaning out the clutter is the best way to start prepping your home for the winter months. Get your guest room ready to have family or friends visit and stay in your guest room. Remove any clutter that you have such as donating the items that you don’t use or need any more or toss them. We promise you that without a lot of clutter, unwanted pests will have less spots to make their new home this winter.
Seal Your Home
Pests love to make your home into their hotel for the winter and this is one thing no family wants to have. By sealing your home with caulk or by filling in holes with new drywall can help protect your home this winter. Be sure to check all the windows, doors and even under the sinks in your home. Rodents are known to sneak into your home via the pipes from under your home through the kitchen sink or bathrooms. We recommend that you get yourself some steel wool and you line the opening around the pipes in the bathrooms and kitchen. They may try to enter you home, but most times they will fail every winter. And checking the windows or doors will help keep your home warmer because the cold air can’t come in and pests can’t either.
Clean the Outdoors
We know that living on the North Carolina Coast has it’s perks especially for being able to grill year-round or enjoy the great outdoors. But during the winter months, many homeowners don’t take into effect of cleaning up your yard. Be sure to put away your grill or if you have clutter around it, get rid of it. If you happen to have a fireplace in your home that uses firewood, then keep the pile of firewood at least 20 feet away from your home. Many mice, bugs and snakes like to use the pile as their new home too. Have the kids help with the piles of leaves you may rake up. Put away the kid’s toys that they won’t play with during the winter and put them away in their place in the garage for the season.
There are many other ways that your family can help prepare your home for winter, but these are a few we wanted to share with you. If you complete this list and you are still struggling with extra pests who have fallen in love with your home, give us a call. We at Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators want your family to have a wonderful holiday season and a pest free home this winter!