Protecting Your Home From Unwanted Pests During Colder Weather
The Fall season has finally arrived, and with that brings cold weather and unwanted visitors. "The bugs, like humans, are trying to get inside and stay warm," said Jordan Rode, general manager at Buckeye Exterminating, "They'll do what they call over-winter, hide around, sometimes it'll be a J-channel around your windows, anywhere that they can get into, doors. A lot of times you'll see mice or other rodents trying to get in thresholds of doors, cracks in the foundation."
Mice and spiders are among the most common pests, but it depends on where you live. "In the city you won't see as much of the rodents and things like that as you will in the country. Obviously with the crops and everything coming off, it's a big thing that will push mice out of the fields and into the house. In the cities, you'll see if you've got standing moisture, you'll see some more spiders and things like that," said Rode.
The best way to prevent pests from getting inside the home is to repair cracks, holes, and replace old window screens, but if they do get inside there are other measures you can take. "If they've already made it in, insulation is definitely a good thing to make sure that is intact, and staying firm to their foundation," said Larry Youngberg, general manager at Menard's, "Any kind of bait traps, sprays, a lot of them now are very safe, you don't have to worry about them being around children or pets, put them in areas where they're not accessible to everybody."
When it comes to pests, prevention is the best protection. "Rather than put a band aid on it once it's happened, if you can get the problem before it starts or just as it's getting going, it's a lot easier to take care of them than when they bugs overrun your house."