Tips to prevent pests from invading your home this winter

Nights are getting longer, and there is a chill in the air. That must mean that it’s fall and winter is quickly approaching. Pests naturally sense the changes in the weather and it signals them to look for a safe place inside and that means they will try to invade your house. Often times, people simply ignore this fact and wait until they have an infestation before they do something about it. We know because that’s when people call us.

Here are a few simple tips to help you prevent pests from entering your home.

First and foremost, tightly seal all possible points of entry. Look for cracks, gaps or crevices in and around your doors and windows, as well as around pipes. Rats can squeeze through a quarter-sized opening and mice can fit through a hole the size of a dime. Amazing isn’t it? Well, maybe not so much if it’s your home that they’re entering into.

An extremely important step every homeowner should take is to trim any tree limbs so that they are away from your home or roofline. Rats have been known to have a vertical jump of 3 feet or more. If you have a tree branch that is close to your roof, they can easily make the jump and start nesting in your attic. Don’t give them that chance.

Lots of people like to burn wood in their fireplace during the cold months, and that means a neatly stacked pile of firewood. Some ant and cockroach species like to nest in firewood, and some spiders like Black Widows like to hide in the wood. Each time you get more wood, check your firewood pile, store it on a raised platform at least 2 feet away from your home. Carefully check all the wood that you bring into your home before you go back inside. The last thing you want to do is to give pests a free ride into your home.

One thing that people like to do in the fall is spread mulch all over their flower beds. While mulch can help the soil, another thing that mulch does is attract pests. Yes, even the cedar mulch. Cockroaches love the nice damp habitat that mulch provides and if the flower bed is near your home, they will make an attempt to go inside and look for food. If you are a ‘mulcher’ try to keep it at least 2 feet away from your home.

Practice good sanitation. Keep your kitchen counters and dishes clean, empty your garbage and vacuum canister often and rinse out recyclable containers before storing them in your recycling bin. Pests love things like empty soda cans with sweet, sticky dried soda inside. Don’t offer it to them and you’ll go a long way towards preventing an invasion.

Even if you have used all of these tips, occasionally the pests just find their way inside anyway. If that happens to you and you live in the Los Angeles or Bakersfield area, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 661-392-1600 or 1-877-554-2414 and we can come out and take care of the problem for you. Always remember, Oxley Pest Control is your pest control expert.

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