As the temperatures in the New England area are continuing to fall, homeowners are going to possibly be joined by a few unwanted pests moving into their house. We know that pests including ants, spiders and rodents are looking for a warm space from this bitter cold weather.
There are many pests that can’t adapt to the colder weather, so the dip in the temperature forces them to search for a safe environment indoors. Unfortunately, your home acts as the perfect place for pests because they have access to shelter, food and water throughout the winter.
Experts at the National Pest Management Association, recommend the following tips to keep these pests outdoors where they belong:
- Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home with caulk. Pay special attention to areas where utilities and pipes enter the home.
- Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
- Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
- Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery well trimmed.
- Consider partnering with a licensed pest professional to identify pest problems and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.
Try to do your best to eliminate all moisture sites, termites and carpenter ants are specifically attracted to this type of environment. Once they find a spot they like and move in, these pests can cause extensive damage to homes.
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