It’s common knowledge that winter pests will do what they have to do to survive – even if it means encroaching on your property. It’s not unusual for the worst offenders to come right into your home if they have the chance, so what can you do to protect your living space from unwanted guests?
Should You Worry About Winter Pests?
New homes are typically more well-protected from pests than older homes are, but that doesn’t mean they’re immune. Experts suggest that to prevent pests from coming in, you should:
- Store firewood at least 20 feet from your home and 5 feet off the ground. It keeps the wood dry and prevents little freeloaders from taking up residence inside, including bugs, things that slither, and dangerous spiders.
- Make sure your chimney vent and other openings are covered with screens.
- Store all your food in airtight containers.
- Put a barrier – preferably stone – between your home and mulch, which will prevent mice from setting up shop near your home’s foundation.
The statistics show that Americans spend more than $3 billion per year to get rid of pests, so it makes sense that prevention is the best option. (That figure doesn’t even include how much people spend on repairing the damage that unwelcome pests can do to a home.)
Homeowners that are closer to wild habitats, such as those in more rural areas, are more likely to suffer from pest problems – but nobody is immune. Fortunately, just a few precautionary steps can help prevent a wintertime takeover in your space.
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