The Keys to Winter Pest Proofing

The Keys to Winter Pest Proofing – Keep Pests Outdoors where they Belong

Many people associate the cold weather with high heating bills, power outages and other related problems, but the frigid temperatures can also push rodents and other common household pests inside homes in search of warm shelter and food sources. To prevent an infestation this winter, follow these tips to pest proof your home before Old Man Winter blows in.

Here are some tips from the NPMA and McCloud Services for homeowners to follow in an effort to reduce their chances of battling a home pest invasion this winter.

  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home using a silicone-based caulk, steel wool or a combination of both.
  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
  • Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundations and windows.
  • Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
  • Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Clean out leaves and other debris from the gutters, which can serve as the perfect pest harborage site.
  • Properly landscape by keeping shrubbery and tree branches trimmed 6-8 feet from the roofline.
  • Store firewood on a raised structure like concrete blocks at least 20 feet from the home.

Home Protection Plan

Home Protection Plan

McCloud Services’ Home Protection Plan is designed to protect your home and family all year long, with three scheduled visits during peak pest seasons. Learn More

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