If you have ever had your home infested by pests you know how unpleasant this situation is. The last thing you want in your home is a rat in your garbage bin or ants on your food. While you should make an effort to protect your home against pests all year round, you must go the extra mile during the winter months, when chances that pests will target your home are significantly increased. After all, just like people, insects and rodents want to get out of the cooler weather. If they can easily enter your home, they will use it as a shelter where they will live and breed. Unfortunately, they will also destroy your property, leave droppings everywhere and bring in various diseases.
Winter pests are quite persistent, so it’s important to be vigilant. Here are several ways you can protect your home from these unwanted guests and enjoy a peaceful holiday season
Winterize Your Doors and Windows
You wouldn’t believe how even the smallest openings become entry points for various pests. Check your doors and windows and inspect them for small gaps and holes. If you notice any, seal them as soon as possible because they can become entryways for critters. To take your protection to a higher level, use weatherstripping to keep pests out.
Use Airtight Containers to Store Your Food
Most pests will enter your home searching for food. Therefore, don’t leave crumbs on the table after you are done with your meal and clean up everything thoroughly. Keep the food you have in your pantry in airtight containers so mice cannot contaminate it. In addition, wash your dishes after using them or put them into the dishwasher. Leaving them overnight in your sink can attract unwanted guests. While you may want to place a bowl of fruit on your table, this can also attract pests. By wiping any spills and vacuuming the crumbs, you can make your house less attractive to pests.
Fix Leaky Faucets
Not only can water from leaky faucets completely destroy your cabinets and floors and lead to mold growth, but it can also invite pests into your home. Most pests are attracted to warm and moist places, especially during the winter. To make sure there aren’t any leaks in your home, check all the faucets and fix any damage you find. Also, hire a foundation expert to check your crawl space for leaks and signs of moisture.
Seal Cracks and Holes
Just as you should seal any gaps around your doors and windows, you should make sure to seal up any cracks in your walls or your floor. These too can become an entryway for various pests, so schedule an inspection and have your local expert check your foundation for cracks and holes. Pay special attention to the holes where pipes and utility lines enter your home and make sure there aren’t any gaps between the pipes and your wall.
Vacuum Your Home
Insects such as cockroaches are attracted to places where there is plenty of food and moisture. If you don’t vacuum your home regularly, you will create an ideal environment for them. Cockroaches can usually be found in the kitchen, behind the appliances, as well as in the bathroom. Apart from vacuuming regularly, also make sure you empty your trash can whenever needed. Old books, newspapers, and boxes are a great shelter for these pests, so try to declutter your home as much as possible.
During cooler months, pests often hide in packages and boxes where they find warmth. Make sure you check all the boxes you receive for mice the moment you receive them, instead of leaving them on the counter.
Store Trash Properly
While it is convenient to keep wastebaskets all over your home, try to keep all the food waste in your kitchen in the trash can. In addition, empty all trash bins every night before you go to bed. When buying trash bins, make sure they have secure lids that cannot be easily opened by rodents.
Waterproof Your Crawl Space
Florida is known for its humid, subtropical climate. If you have a crawl space under your home, you should waterproof it as soon as possible. Moist and dark crawl spaces that haven’t been properly protected are like an open invitation for various critters. To create a barrier for pests, invest in encapsulation. Your local crawl space repair experts can install a durable vapor barrier that will make it harder for pests to enter. Since encapsulation keeps moist air from getting into your crawl space, this area stays dry and inhospitable to pests.
This waterproofing method also has other benefits. For instance, you won’t have to worry about mold growth and mildew. In addition, this step will be reflected on your utility bills. Since your heating and cooling system won’t have to work so hard to keep the temperature at the desired level, it won’t use so much energy, and you will spend less money on your bills. With encapsulation, you can make your home much more comfortable and secure. If you have vents in your crawl space, a local professional should seal them with vent covers since they are convenient openings not just for moisture-laden air, but for pests as well.
If you are tired of dealing with pesky pests every winter and you wish to enjoy this season, contact your local crawl space repair experts at Alpha Foundations and schedule a free crawl space inspection and repair quote. Whether you want to encapsulate your crawl space or repair your foundation, we are at your service.