This winter, a warm home that’s fully stocked with food is an irresistible draw for countless pests. Mice, rats, spiders, and cockroaches are known for getting through the smallest of cracks in your home’s exterior. Once they’re in, they’ll find places to hide and wait out the season.
With the right preparations, you can keep the unwanted houseguests out. Winter’s brutal wind and freezing snow create vulnerabilities that pests want to capitalize on.
Don’t wait until winter to call an Atlanta pest control company. The following are four reasons your winter pest prevention strategies should start now.
1. Avoid Dangerous Health Issues
These unwelcomed guests can pose health threats to those living in the home. Ants and cockroaches can contaminate your food supply and trigger asthma attacks. Rats and mice can spread harmful diseases like Salmonella when they get into your food. Rodents are also usually harboring lice, fleas, and ticks. Make sure to keep out for gnawed wires and wood! That is a tell-tale sign that your home has an infestation.
2. Eliminate Nesting Grounds
Move on to decluttering the basement, attic, and other utility rooms to eliminate any potential nesting grounds. This can lead to rotten wood or mold growth and affect the durability of your home’s structure. These areas offer a fantastic retreat for pests because its dimly lit, cold, gives them shelter and warmth during the winter.
3. Lower Your Utility Bill
Repair loose mortar and replace worn weather stripping around all windows and doors. Seal any and all cracks or gaps on the home exterior with a silicone-based caulk. Not only does this help keep the warm air in and the cold air out, but it also helps prevent pests from entering your home. Doing just these few measures can maximize the energy efficiency of your home and help you lower your utility bills.
4. Extend Your HVAC Lifetime
Hire a professional pest company to sweep and clean the stack, inspect the flute, and install a cap over the chimney. This creates a safer operation of your HVAC system during the heating season and gets rid of all nests or habitats for rodents. It can also help you prolong the lifetime of your HVAC system.
Signs of a Pest Invasion
There are certain signs to look for when spotting an ongoing infestation. If you notice small droppings on the ground, be sure to clean them up immediately and get ready to call a pest control company.
You also might start noticing gnaw marks on your baseboards, indicating that there are some pesky critters sneaking around your home. Other signs that might signal a pest infestation is occurring are small holes, tracks, nesting evidence, and dead bugs indoors. It is important that you catch them early so your home doesn’t suffer any further damages.
Choose STINGER Pest Solutions
At STINGER Pest Solutions, we understand what makes a great pest control company. That’s how we’ve earned our numerous accolades, including the QualityPro mark of distinction from the Foundation for Professional Pest Management. Give us the chance to show you pest control done right with the customer in mind. Contact STINGER Pest Solutions or call today at 770-645-7595 for more information on all of our pest control solutions for your home or business.