With the holidays fast approaching and the imminent arrival of friends and family the last thing you need to worry about are unwelcome guests, especially the creepy crawly kind. Rodents, ants, spiders, fleas, cockroaches, and other nuisance pests are literally waiting at your door looking for a way in to seek shelter from the cold and a place to bed down where food and water sources are readily available. There is no time like the present to take advantage of the services provided by your experienced A Five Star Termite & Pest Control technician. Professional pest control services along with a few simple tips will keep wintering pests out and your family safe. Did you know that rodents are to known to carry a number of diseases including salmonella? Or that spider bites can cause serious reactions in those who are susceptible? Cockroaches on the other hand are well known for how quickly they can multiply, causing asthma and other breathing issues along with spreading disease. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control outlines types of wintering pests and tips to keep them out of your home as the weather gets cooler.
Rats, Mice & Other Rodents
Rats and mice rely on finding a warm place to shelter during the winter months. They can fit through tiny openings so you will need to examine the exterior of your home carefully for points of entry. Repair damage to roofing and fill any cracks or gaps around windows, doors, and plumbing with caulking. Remove food and water sources and keep attics, garages, and basements free of clutter. Remove items stored in cardboard containers and repackage them into plastic containers to protect your belongings and stop rodents from nesting. Keep shrubs and branches trimmed and store firewood 20 feet or more away from your property. Seal unused pet food in airtight containers.
Cockroaches love moisture and will enter your home in search of food and water. Inspect your pipes and plumbing for leaks and repair them as soon as possible. Keep your gutters clean and repackage items stored in cardboard boxes into sealed plastic tubs. Keep food items stored in airtight containers and never leave dirty dishes in the sink. Keep countertops clutter free and wipe them down regularly. Sweep and vacuum on a regular basis and empty trash cans as often as you can.
If you have pets, use a flea preventative year round to stop fleas from hitching a ride into your home and taking up residence. Inspect your carpets, rugs, pet bedding, and other soft furnishings for signs of fleas. Launder your pets bedding on a regular basis and vacuum regularly. Make sure you empty your vacuum after each use. Mow your lawn regularly, and keep your trees and scrubs trimmed. Inspect the exterior of your home and seal any entry points around plumbing, windows and doors etc.
Most spiders are reclusive and prefer to hide in areas of your home where there is little activity. Keep items stored in sealed plastic containers and vacuum away spider webs from corners and other areas. Seal any cracks or voids around the exterior of your home to stop spiders from finding a way in. Most insects are attracted to light so keep your outdoor lights off and your blinds closed. This will in turn keep spiders from encroaching onto your property looking for insects to feed upon. Keep your shrubs and bushes trimmed and keep your grass mowed regularly. Keep clutter to a minimum and store firewood away from your home.