The warm temperatures of the summer are nice when it comes to bugs, because they want to stay outside for the most part. Yet when the temperatures start dropping with the upcoming fall weather, bugs and animals of all shapes and sizes are looking for a warm place to hide.
This is the month were homeowners need to be diligent.
4 Steps to Preventing a Winter Infestation
1. Clean out the Gutters
Gutters easily get clogged from leaves and branches left behind from storms and shedding trees. When was the last time you had the gutters cleaned out? This is something you should do at the end of summer and beginning of spring every year. If you don’t, water cannot easily drain and sitting water is a good way to attract rodents or other bugs to your roof. Also, check the drainage by the house and make sure the gutters are directing water away from your house. If it isn’t, consult with an expert in gutter repair to ensure that you don’t have standing water near you home.
2. Caulk it Up
Check all doors, windows, dryer vents, and other possible access points around the home and make sure they are properly sealed. Remember, a mouse doesn’t need a lot of room to squeeze its tiny body into your house and a can of caulk goes a long way in keeping them out.
3. Trim the Trees
Cut back all trees that provide access to the roof. This will help prevent raccoons, squirrels and other critters from finding access to your attic. Raccoons can chew their way through anything, so if they have access to your roof, they will probably find a way in. This is why, keeping the trees trimmed back is your best defense.
4. Seal it
Store extra blankets, linens, and clothes in sealed plastic containers. raccoons, squirrels, and other animals are going to be looking for a warm place to spend the winter.
If you think you have a raccoon, squirrel or other animal taking residence in your attic or other area of the house, call a professional to remove it. Animals can be violent when threatened and professionals are trained in the proper
removal of all pests including the big furry ones.