In many parts of the country, the cooling temperatures of fall force chilly critters to start looking for winter shelter. Unfortunately, your warm, cozy home also looks inviting to insects and animals seeking a comfy place to stay for the winter. Here are a few steps you can take now to help keep critters out of your home this winter. But even if you follow this advice, sealing all potential openings can be a daunting task. If you need help making your home winter-ready, give us a call.
1. Trim away any trees which have branches in contact with the house as ants and even wildlife love to use these to find a way into our warm homes.
2. Make sure that you have a chimney cap properly installed to prevent birds, rodents and wildlife from entering. Many dampers are not airtight, so there is often a nice, warm air current going up the chimney which makes things very cozy for these pests.
3. Look for any wood in contact with the soil near the house. This can lead to a termite infestation.
4. Look for signs of burrowing near the foundation or under decks. This could indicate a possible rodent or wildlife infestation.
5. Keep garage doors closed especially after dusk. Open garage doors allow mice, rats, and wildlife into the garage.
6. Store pet food and birdseed in plastic bins with tightly fitted tops.
7. Keep all garbage in closed containers both inside and outside the house.
8. Seal any holes in the foundation or anywhere insects or rodents might enter. Add weather-stripping under doors to save energy and to exclude pests.