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How to Pest proof your home for the Winter

Dec 1, 2009

We take great lengths to lock our doors and windows as well as turn on our alarms to keep possible intruders out of our homes.  But what about the smaller intruders?  What are you doing to prevent them from making their way into your home, especially in the fall season, when the temperatures outside begin to drop?  There’s quite likely an abundance of openings around your home that make access for these pests very easy to enter.  Here’s a few ways you can prevent unwanted tenants from living in your home this fall:

  1. Hire a professional pest control company, to provide you with a “Point Of Entry Inspection”.  Having a pest in your home can be very traumatic. A pest control specialist can come to your home and locate all the possible access points. They will then provide you with a free estimate on having any unwanted visitors humanely removed (if any) and then having those entry points screened – keeping those critters out for many seasons to come.
  1. Seal openings where pipes and wires enter the foundation, siding and soffits, e.g., around outdoor faucets, receptacles, gas meters, clothes dryer vents, telephone/cable/ TV wires and continuous soffit venting. These are common entry points for rats, mice, squirrels and birds.
  1. Consider having exterior perimeter, anchored, tamper-resistant rodent bait stations installed around your home. While sealing and screening is a more permanent way to exclude pests originating from outdoors, having bait stations installed is a great way to control those pesky rats and mice, before they have a chance to enter your home.  

*Following these three easy steps helps ensure you’re not going to have unwanted guests in your home this fall season.

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