Pest Proof Your Home this Winter

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We are definitely into the thick of winter. With single-digit temperatures, one would think that there is no concern for pests. Wrong! While summer brings about pests such as mosquitos, wasps, and ants, we cannot escape pests during the winter. Mice, cockroaches, and spiders may find their way into your abode. Here are some tips to pest-proof your Nashville home this winter.

Remember, pests are more than just a nuisance; they can harbor diseases that could transfer to humans. This is not something you want to experience for you or your family members as these diseases can trigger asthma, allergies, and other respiratory illnesses.

Pests will enter your home through cracks and holes. Even the tiniest opening as small as a dime is enough for mice to enter. It would be wise for you to check around your home for holes and cracks. Look along baseboards, around outlets and plumbing. Remember to check doors and windows to ensure the weather stripping is intact. Also, check the foundation of your house, too. Any holes or cracks should be sealed properly.

Loose or damaged mortar along your foundation, around windows, or between bricks should also be repaired as pests can enter through these areas of your home. You may be able to patch holes and cracks yourself as a simple DIY project, or you could consider hiring a professional to seal up them up for you to ensure your home remains structurally sound.

If you use firewood in an indoor fireplace, be sure to store the wood at least 20 feet away from your home. Mice and ants both prefer to nest in woodpiles, which could make for easy access to your home a pile is nearby.

Maintain an organized storage area in your basement or garage, as well as inside your home. Mice prefer clutter as a way to hide and nest. Therefore, keep boxes stored on a shelf or in a closet off of the floor. It is best to store your keepsakes in plastic tubs with a tightly sealed lid to prevent mice from chewing through it. Boxes are inevitably the worst type of storage containers to use.

Inspect your home for leaking pipes or clogged drains, paying special attention to bathrooms and the kitchen, which are primary areas for cockroaches to lurk.

Make sure each door that provides access outdoors has a decent door sweep to prevent pests from entering under the doorway. Also, inspect your window screens for damage. All types of pests can enter your home through tiny openings in the screens.

Secure screens over vents such as the dryer vent, chimney and any other type of vents you have leading to the outside of your house. Make sure that your attic, basement, and crawlspace is well ventilated and remains dry.

Pest Control Services in Nashville

Keeping your home pest free will make being cooped up inside all winter a bit easier to handle. Plus, it will keep you and your family healthier. If you are interested in Nashville pest control services, contact Ameri Care Services by calling (615) 893-7111. We provide pest control services to homes and businesses greater Nashville area of Tennessee. Call for a free estimate!