Winterizing for a Pest-Free Home

Just like us, as the seasons change, pests look for ways to bunker down for the cold weather ahead; meaning that your warm, cozy home with abundant food sources away from the harsh weather is the perfect target for them. There are two major components to winterizing your home against pests: removing potential nesting places and materials for them, and closing off their ability to enter your home.

Clean Away Potential Habitats

The fallen leaves, added moisture everywhere, and approaching winter make fall a breeding ground of pest problems. If you can clean up outside and inside your home, you can eliminate anything that seems welcoming to them. Things to do include:

  • Clean the piles of leaves from your yard, clean out your gutters, collect and remove fallen branches and piles of trash or junk anywhere in your yard. Rodents in particular love to use these things as material to build their nests.
  • Remove piles of wood…or at least keep them sheltered, dry and away from your home. Rodents and pests alike will seek shelter in a wood pile, and transfer indoors when the opportunity strikes (like when firewood is brought indoors for use).
  • Weed and clean up any gardens that are near the house. The decaying plant matter will attract all kinds of pests as a food source and as materials to build nests with. Unruly and messy areas are harder to keep an eye on for potential problems.
  • Clean out your chimney, a potential hiding ground for bats.
  • Indoors make sure there are no long standing piles of linens, newspapers, or any other nest worthy material.
  • Keep firewood dry, ventilated and up off the ground.
  • Seal food in containers that cannot be chewed through.

Seal Your Home from Invasion

Every year you probably take precautions to winterize your home for the purpose of protecting it from the weather ahead. However, now is also a good time to seal it off from pests as well. If they do not have a way to get inside, they cannot create an infestation.

  • Inspect the foundation around your home for cracks and holes. You will want to promptly clean around and seal any that you find.
  • Repair the gutters so that they work properly, keeping snow and water away from the eves.
  • Thoroughly inspect your roof and eves for leaks, damage, loose shingles and cracks. Repair anything that you have found.
  • Check all of the screens, doors and windows in your home. Doors and windows should have a snug seal on the bottom when closed. Screens should be free of holes and tears and if there is any kind of draft it’s always a safe bet to caulk around the seams.
  • Make sure any external water sources are pointing away from the home. Interior water sources and plumbing should be free of leaks, cracks and clutter as well.

If at any point during your inspection and winterization of your home, you see anything such as droppings, nests, holes that weren’t there before, etc. then please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Contact us today to schedule a free inspection of your home. We service the greater Capital District area including Albany, Troy, Schenectady, and Clifton Park, New York.