When it comes to pest control, a single-minded approach just isn’t enough. Integrated pest management relies on multiple points of defense to keep critters out of your home – and sealing up any points of entry is an important step. Winter home maintenance and routine weatherization provides a timely opportunity to seal up holes, cracks and crevices to keep your house bug and pest free.
The Importance of Sealing Your Home
Making sure your home is sealed well ensures you’ll see lower heating bills this winter, but it also means you’re less likely to see an influx of critters seeking shelter from the elements. Dropping temps and inclement weather drives insects, rodents and wildlife to seek any shelter that’s readily accessible. If your home isn’t closed to them, holes in the foundation, leaky window seals, worn weather stripping and open attics, crawl spaces and vents look like a neon “welcome” sign to cold and weary critters such as raccoons and mice.
Sealing your home wards off the wind and cold and definitely reduces the amount of your hard-earned money spent on heating costs. It also serves as a deterrent to pests who would otherwise find your house an easy spot to overwinter – and the peace of mind of not having to deal with that is reason enough to be meticulous in sealing up your home.
What to Look for When Weatherizing Your Home
Pay attention to areas you would normally focus on for home weatherization: windows, doors, access hatches, attics, basements and ductwork all serve as easy entry points into your home. As you weatherproof your home, keep an eye out for any other possible spots that could use a little TLC, such as holes in your siding, spots where pipes enter and exit your home and smaller gaps like a door that doesn’t sit square anymore or a chimney cap that’s developed a crack, for example.
Also keep an eye out for signs of an already existing pest problem: nests, droppings, foul odors or even bugs or animals themselves. By observing your home as you perform routine maintenance, you can catch pest problems and remedy them in a timely manner. If you still aren’t sure where to look, change your perspective and try to see your home through the eyes of a bug or wild animal: how would YOU enter your home if you were on their level? Then look at those spots and seal them up.
Seeking Professional Help
Sometimes sealing up your home for winter requires a professional eye. While any handyman or general contractor can perform routine maintenance, weatherization and insulation, it can take the knowledge and experience of a trained pest control professional to ensure your home is sealed tight against unwanted insect or animal roommates.
The trained and skilled professionals at Critter Control can assess your home for weak spots that could serve as entry points from the cold, blustery outdoors and can aid in the humane and effective removal and control of any pests that may have already taken up residence. Give us a call today at (855) 547-8412 to speak with one of our experts about sealing up your home to keep the outdoors where it belongs.