KEYS TO A PEST-FREE HOME THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
The holidays are quickly approaching, which means you’re going to have your hands full with extra cleaning, cooking, parties, and house guests. The last thing you need to worry about is potential uninvited guests like rodents and insects. Follow these tips right away to prevent winter infestation so you can spend the holidays entertaining and relaxing in a pest-free home.
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Check for Possible Entry Points
Mice can squeeze into holes as small as a dime, and insects need even less space than that, so make sure you conduct a thorough check for any spots that may provide an opportunity for pests to enter your home.
After you have located any crevices, cracks, vent openings, or other holes, seal them up with screens, caulk, or other material. Be sure to check around pipes that enter your home from the outside, as well as chimneys, door frames, and around windows and eaves, especially if there is wood damage.
Become Less Attractive to Pests
Pests may try to enter your home simply to escape the cold, but often they are looking for food. Don’t advertise available living space with the delicious aroma of garbage and beautiful allure of bags and boxes. Store food in airtight containers, clean up spills immediately, and clear your porch and other outside areas of any trash or debris.
Remove Wood and Branches
If you have a woodpile near your home, make sure it is at least 20 feet away from the house and 5 inches off the ground. Insects and rodents often look for shelter in dark or damp places, so you will also want to make sure there is no buildup of soil, mulch, or other material around the foundation of your home. You should also trim back branches of trees and shrubs so raccoons and other animals cannot use the limbs to get to your roof or attic.
Finally, the best thing you can do to be sure your home is safe from intrusive pests is to have a professional come to your home and create a personal plan of action. Experienced exterminators, like Viking Pest Control, can locate any potential problems, as well as eliminate any current infestations.
Contact Viking Pest Control
For pest control in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, contact Viking Pest Control and speak with one of our expert technicians. Our staff will assess your unique needs and help you understand all of your options before proceeding with a treatment plan. Call us for a pest-free home for the holidays!