Simple Winter Pest Control & Prevention Tips
Pests are most commonly associated with the spring & summer seasons when the weather is nice and the ticks, mosquitos, wasps and other flying insects are very active. However, winter is also a prime season for pests looking for a place to store food, hibernate and keep warm through the frigid months. Richmond Pest Control has provided 7 simple yet effective winter pest control tips to ensure your home & business stay free of mice, rodents, cockroaches and other nasty pests.
7 Winter Pest Control Tips
Don’t leave food out: Leftovers on the countertop or a sink full of dishes with crumbs are easy bait for mice and bugs. Make sure your food is always stored in airtight containers & properly stored and your dishes are soaking in soapy water to prevent attractive smells. This is one of the easiest ways to prevent an ant infestation, among other pests.
Keep trash covered & dispose regularly: Invest in good quality indoor and outdoor trash cans with lids that tightly seal. Trash is a breeding ground for pests all year long! Furthermore, outdoor cans should be kept as close to the street as possible.
Seal cracks & holes: The easiest way for unwanted winter pests to sneak into your warm house is through cracks and holes in the foundation. A mouse or cockroach can squeeze through even the tiniest openings. Every few months it is a good idea to thoroughly inspect your foundation and areas where utilities and pipes enter the home. Any signs of cracks or holes should be sealed immediately.
Install screens over chimney vents: Not only does a chimney screen protect your fireplace flue from rain & debris, but it also prevents squirrels, chipmunks and mice from falling in and entering your home.
Eliminate moisture: Leaking pipes and clogged drains in your kitchen, bathroom, basement and laundry room are a breeding ground for a cockroach infestation. Check these spaces regularly, clean up any water residue and call a plumber if it is a consistent issue.
Store firewood 20+ feet from the house: Mice, ants and termites use wood piles to make their nests. An easy winter pest control tip is to keep your wood pile far away from your home.
Call a licensed pest control company: It is recommended to have a pest control inspection to your home or business at least twice per year: before winter & before spring/summer. A licensed pest exterminator will be able to prevent any infestations using safe preventative treatments.
Protect your Home from Winter Pests
Don’t let the cold & frigid winter weather fool you, there are always pests lurking about trying to invade your space. Call 718-667-5200 to schedule a winter pest control maintenance inspection in your residential or commercial property. Richmond Pest Control are experts in the prevention & extermination of bed bugs, rodents, invasive insects, termites and all other nasty pests known in the Staten Island, NY area.