As winter approaches, all kinds of animals are getting ready for the colder conditions. This usually means finding warmer homes, preparing a food supply, and ensuring access to water. For pest animals that thrive in human spaces, this often means invading our homes and businesses. After all, these buildings offer shelter from the cold, usually have some water source, and are frequently a food source.
You can take steps to avoid a winter pest infestation. One of the best steps you can take is to use Flick’s Constant Home Protection plans. These plans, which vary depending on your needs, include regular pest inspections and treatment regimes designed to eliminate and prevent pests.
Steps You Can Take to Prevent Winter Pest Infestations
In addition to our services, there are some steps you can take to minimize the risk of a winter pest infestation. Start by looking outside of your home. Do you have branches or shrubbery that touch your house? What about woodpiles near your home? Is there leafy debris or other dead vegetation in your yard? All of those things can invite pests, either by providing them with a place to live, providing them an easy way to get access into your home, or providing them with food sources. So, start your pest prevention strategy in your yard.
Next, look at your house. Pests can enter your home through tiny cracks, holes, and crevices. Visually inspect your home’s exterior for any potential access points. Seal them. It is essential for holes large enough for mice or rats to use a heavy-duty or reinforced sealer since rodents can quickly eat through caulks or foams.
If you have storage areas in your home, such as an attic or basement, keep in mind that undisturbed storage areas are very tempting for pests. Store boxes off of the floor to help discourage rodents from nesting in them. Illuminate storage areas and inspect them regularly for signs of pests.
Water is one of the biggest attractants for any pest. Do you have any drips or leaks in your yard? If so, make sure and fix those before the winter. Check your house for any additional water sources, especially in dark spaces like under sinks, in cabinets, or in closets. Fix any leaks and any areas of condensation.
Finally, make sure and secure your food. Pests are attracted to the smell of food and even closed, and sealed bags of food can attract pests. If you are storing any food, including pet food, birdseed, or even grass seeds, outside, make sure they are in airtight, sealed, rodent-proof containers. Keep food sealed and stored inside. Do not leave pet food out when your pets are not eating. Clean any areas where people eat after every meal and restrict eating to designating dining areas.
If you notice signs of pests, suspect an infestation, or need help with a winter pest prevention plan, contact Flick. We can help you with all of your pest control needs. Call Flick today at 1300 270 019 to learn more!
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