'Tis the season for winter pests! As the weather continues to get colder, some of our least favorite critters are trying to make their way into our homes or businesses throughout Iowa. Have no fear - you can keep them out by taking preventative action Stay pest free this season with these helpful tips and tricks.
Get Rid of Pests by Sealing Windows and Doors
One of the easiest ways for pests to make their way into your home throughout the winter months is through windows or doors that have not been properly sealed. With most critters being able to fit through a dime-sized hole or smaller, you could have an infestation on your hands before you know it! Make sure this doesn't happen to you by sealing your windows and any necessary doors.
Store Food in Airtight Containers
Avoid winter pests wreaking havoc in your home or kitchen this season by storing your food in airtight containers. This will keep rodents like rats or mice from gnawing on your food items and even worse, contaminating them with the various diseases they could be carrying.
Mice Can Get Inside Through Cracks on the Exterior of Your Home
Don't let Iowa rodents make their way into your home this season! As the weather gets colder, these particular pests make a run for it into your home, and what better way to enter than through the cracks on the exterior of your home? It is crucial to begin inspecting your home now and fill in those cracks as soon as possible.
Firewood in Your Home Could House Critters
Nothing sounds better than a nice fire on a chilly night. But did you know that firewood can contain an abundance of pests eager to make their way into your home? You should always keep wood outside and about twenty feet away from your home to ensure these pests don't make their way in.
Inspect Any Packages You Receive For Damages
Throughout the holiday season and winter months, it is not uncommon for a pesky critter to make it's way into your boxes, packages or holiday decor storage. Check each of these items carefully when opening them, or when sending or receiving packages.
Keep Counters Free of Crumbs or Food That Pests Will Take
Do you wipe down your counters regularly? If not, you should. Many pests such as mice and cockroaches enter your home seeking a safe and warm environment, and often times looking for a food source. By wiping down your kitchen counters and cleaning up any food crumbs around your home, you can keep these nuisance pests at bay.
Store Bins in Sealed Areas So Critters Can't Get Inside
With the colder weather brings one particular nuisance - raccoons. These animals tend to be drawn to our recycling and trash bins. The easiest ways to keep them out is to store these bins within an enclosed area, whether that be a shed or garage, or using an animal-proof lid.
Vacuum Your Home Often
Did you know German Cockroaches are the most common species of cockroaches in the world? And to no surprise, this particular pest enjoys making a home in small areas with an abundance of food and moisture. You can find them near or within your home in places like the kitchen, bathroom or even in appliances. The best way to prevent these critters is by vacuuming often, removing trash regularly and inspecting areas in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Store Boxes Off the Floor And Out of Reach From Pests
When rodents such as mice and rats make their way into your home throughout the winter months, one of their favorite places to nest are dark, cluttered areas such as storage boxes. It is important to regularly inspect your home during these months and to watch out for gnaw marks and fecal droppings, which are key indicators that mice have begun nesting in your home.
Keep Your Shoes in Plastic Containers and Out of Reach
Have you ever put on a shoe in the winter and found out an eight- legged friend has made that particular shoe their home? Especially throughout Iowa winters, it is common for spiders such as the brown recluse spider to take shelter within our homes (and shoes). Brown recluse spiders like to make their webs in undisturbed areas such as attics, closets or crawl spaces. Prevent them from nesting within your favorite shoes by keeping personal items off the floor and in plastic containers.
Stay Pest Free With the Help of Preferred Pest Control
Don't let your home or business become a breeding ground for winter pests - Preferred Pest Control can help! If you have tried all of these tips and tricks and pesky critters are still making their way into your home, our pest professionals we can take care of the problem safely and efficiently. Schedule an appointment online or call us at (515)276-7277 today!
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