Winter Pest Control In Your Home
When winter rolls around and temperatures drop, few things sound better than warming up indoors. Unfortunately for homeowners like you, it’s not just people that think this way – insects and rodents are looking for shelter, too.
As pest control professionals in Orange County, we see a constant uptick in infestations during the colder months of the year. But with just a little bit of effort, you can take steps to keep the pests away.
Keep Your Home Sparkling Clean
We know it can feel like an uphill battle keeping your living space clean, especially for those of us with kids. But it beats the alternative of having unwanted guests crawling all over.
Insects, and especially rodents, are remarkably good at detecting the smell of food and garbage (for many of them, there’s no difference between the two). And because nutrients can be tough to come by during the colder months, they’ll be particularly drawn to the smell of their next meal.
The simplest way to make your home less inviting to pests is to remove their food sources. Keep floors and countertops free of organic waste, and vacuum carpets regularly – especially in areas where people or pets have been snacking. You’ll also want to empty your garbage/recycling/compost on a regular basis, and secure any outdoor bins tightly.
Seal Off Entry Points
Whether or not you’ve got food lying around, some pests are going to try invading your home simply for warmth and shelter during the frigid winter season. The obvious solution is to block their ability to get inside.
It’s not just insects that can fit through tiny cracks in the walls or slide under doors, either: mice and rats have ribs that are loosely hinged at their spine, which allows them to squeeze their bodies through surprisingly small openings.
It pays to keep an eye out for any damage to your walls, doors, windows, and foundation – and to address issues immediately by caulking or otherwise sealing potential points of pest entry. Many homeowners opt for a detailed home inspection at least once a year. After all, it’s better to solve these kinds of problems before it gets too cold outside.
Orange County’s Pest Control Professionals
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, but we all get caught off guard sometimes. And if you suspect you’ve already got a bug or rodent infestation in your home, the best thing you can do is call in the pros.
At Preferred Pest Control, we’re proud to be Orange County’s #1 pest control specialists. Contact us today for a free quote.
We provide pest control services for Orange County cities such as:
- Huntington Beach
- Long Beach
- Costa Mesa
- Fountain Valley
- Corona Del Mar
- And more…
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