It’s that time of year when the temperatures drop and the creepy, crawly creatures make their way towards a warm place to stay for the winter. And if you don’t winterize your home, unfortunately that warm place they find might be somewhere unwanted in your house.
What Can Miller Pest & Termite Do?
At Miller Pest & Termite, we can help you winterize your Omaha home to keep pests out. The only things that should be seeking shelter in your house this winter is you and your family. One of the first steps our professionals will take to help you keep pests out of your home is inspect your foundation and find any points of entry for mice, rodents, or other pests. These are the places where rodents would like to burrow into your home to spend the winter there instead of outside fighting the elements.
Our regular services include a free inspection of your whole home to determine any pest problems and come up with a plan of action. Fall is a great time to begin regular pest control services because of the fact that pests are bedding down for the winter. After Miller comes up with a plan of attack, we can help you seal up any cracks in your foundation, set up any traps necessary, knock down webs, and spray for other insects. A preventative plan will keep pests away year-round.
What Can You Do to Winterize Your Home?
While Miller Pest & Termite can help keep pests away and get rid of any that have already taken up residence in your home, there are a number of things you can do yourself to winterize your home. An article from Popular Mechanics by Stephanie Warren shares some tips on how to keep pests out of your home this winter.
Believe it or not, a mouse can enter your home through a hole the size of a dime and a larger creature like a skunk or raccoon can enter through a six-inch hole. Filling any of these holes and gaps will not only keep creatures out but lower your energy bill over the winter as well. Warren also suggests adding screens to any windows or doors you plan to crack.
If you heat your home with a wood burning stove or fireplace, we suggest storing the wood outside in a dry place and inspecting the wood carefully for insects before you bring it inside. Keeping a pill of wood inside can be the perfect hiding place for insects and other pests.
Other practical advice that you can follow is keeping things away from the exterior of your house. Planting any flowers or bushes at least one to two feet away from your home in the spring will prevent them from become a hiding place for pests use in order to sneak into the house in the fall and winter. Also, don’t allow junk to pile up outside your house. Piles of rock, wood, and trash provide great hiding places for pests that want to make their way into your warm home.
And the last pointer that Warren gives is to check any repairs to make sure the repair technicians didn’t leave any holes to the exterior of your home. For example, dishwasher and washing machine installations and repairs can lead to the outdoors, so checking any repairs for holes to seal is a good plan.
If you take the appropriate steps to winterize your home and let Miller Pest & Termite help you trouble shoot and come up with a custom pest control plan, your home will be safe from pests for the winter. For more information, contact us today.