How to Keep Warmth In and Pests Out

Record winter this year in Florida we wanted to get some insight to protect our homes from our uninvited pest guests that find their way into our homes. Miami Pest Control Operator Mr. Montiel shared this article with our readers.  Winter, with its glacial chill and the snow-white world, is the perfect time for cozy snuggling under warm quilt sheets while sipping a cup of hot chocolate. It’s a time when most living beings retreat indoors and rest for the duration of the season. While bears retreat into caves and squirrels burrow into their trees, some pests find it more appropriate to retreat into our homes than into some cave or a tree or a rock. Though the thought of pests getting cozy in our homes and snuggling up under floorboards to be quite hilarious, it’s not really. Just imagine rodents, termites, spiders, and cockroaches swarming under your floorboard and up on the ceiling – not so funny now right?

 

If we want to pest proof our houses this winter and keep out uninvited guests from creeping into our house, we better take some precautionary measures to keep the pests out and the warmth in this winter season.

Close up of tight ant colony with queen and offspring found under bark of pine tree firewood. Likely carpenter ants Camponotus pennsylvanicus.

Be Organized

Pests like rodents just love clutter, more so if that clutter is located in a warm cozy home. When winter comes around and your house is full of messy boxes, papers, and other knick-knacks expect rodents, who are known to carry Salmonella and Hantavirus, to party up in that mess. If you want to keep them out, organize the boxes in your basement, throw away anything you don’t need and keep your space clean. You should also make sure that compost piles and raked leaves are as far away from your house possible, same for lumber and firewood since these are havens for insects and pests like termites.

Seal the Deal

To stop anything from entering your house, you ought to seal up any holes and cracks that can be found within. Sealing is not only beneficial in terms of keeping pests out since it also keeps daft and chilly winter wind from seeping in. When sealing, inspect both the exterior and the interior portion of your house and meticulously check every nook and cranny for holes and openings. Rats, spiders, cockroaches and other creatures are quite flexible in squeezing into even the tiniest of holes, so be very meticulous when sealing or caulking up.

 

Raise the Screen

For humans, an open door is usually taken as an invitation to come inside. Turns out, pests think that way too. To keep those pests in line, always remember to close doors and windows and have screens installed on vents and chimneys. No matter how much you kill rodents, cockroaches, spiders, and other creepy crawlies if they find that your home is wide open and temptingly inviting, you’ll never be truly rid of them.

 

Replace and Reinforce

Another way of keeping pests out this winter season is by replacing any damaged screens and reinforcing structurally weak parts of your house like beams, foundation, and weather stripping. Loose floorboards and walls, and misaligned planks in your attic or roof or basement are perfect points of entries for several critters, rodents, and pests. Periodically check and reinforce windows and walls to keep unwanted guests out.

 

Eliminate Moisture

Areas with high moisture are the perfect breeding ground for most pests. So if you want to prevent these critters from aggregating inside your home this winter season, make sure that leaky pipes and clogged drains are properly fixed. Kitchens and bathrooms should also be properly cleaned and kept dry at all times to any pest infestation from occurring. If you have leftover food seal them tightly in containers or dispose of them outside of the house. Don’t leave them in the kitchen. Dank spaces like basements and crawl spaces should also be properly ventilated to reduce moisture.