What’s the chance rodents and/or insects will invade your cozy space this winter? It’s pretty high. Read the tips below to keep unwanted intruders outside:
Rodents are known to invade an estimated 21 million homes each year, and homeowners spend more than $4 billion annually to rid ourselves of the pests. The rats, mice, raccoons and squirrels that sneakily find a way into our homes aren’t cute fuzzy friends. They carry diseases like Salmonella and Hantavirus. They can also chew through walls and into electrical wiring. Fires started from chewed electrical wiring costs a lot of money to repair, and can be deadly.
Insect invasions are common enough during the warmer months, but in the severe cold of winter, bed bugs, fleas, silverfish, cockroaches, bees, and ants all want an escape from frigid temperatures. Although these creepers move slower during the winter, they’re still on the move. If they find food in your home, they’ll feast. This gives them stored reserves for the energy they expend, and they’ll be even more active.
Tips to Prevent Pesky Invaders
Inspect your home. Before winter sets in, seal up places where critters may enter. If you find openings among cables, pipes, and other utilities, close them. Install protective screens over chimney vents. Replace loose weather stripping around doors and windows, and install sweeps on exterior doors.
Store food properly. Do not use cardboard boxes to store food. Instead, use sealed glass or plastic containers. This is a great way to recycle cookie or popcorn tins. The more airtight the container, the better. Never leave food out for extended periods. Dirty dishes are a smorgasbord for invaders. Rinse dishes, pots and pans or soak them in a full sink of soapy water if you’re not going to wash them immediately.
Cover your trash. Inside and outside garbage cans need lids a closed seal. A loose lid is no protection against insects. Be sure trash does not pile up over the lid containers. That’s just inviting trouble.
Sometimes, your tools against winter pests aren’t enough to keep them away. If you see rodent feces, observe signs of infestation, or hear sounds in the walls, call experts to protect your home. JDM Pest Control can help identify your problem and send eviction notices to your freeloaders. We provide assistance for a fall preparation, winter eviction, or spring clean-out. We have competitive pricing, are licensed and insured, and offer money back guarantees. Call us at (416) 729-3568 for a free initial assessment.