The holidays are right around the corner and you’re likely focusing on decorating and meal planning for Turkey Day! With the cooler weather here, most homeowners are not actively thinking of pests breaking into their warm, cozy houses. We’re talking about mice, stink bugs, roaches, squirrels, skunks, spiders, and much more. The time to act is NOW! The exterior of your home is the first line of defense and there are some quick and easy ways to protect your house even if you are not “handy.”
Here’s a couple of tips on how to keep those unwanted house guests out:
1. Look for potential weaknesses in your exterior: Do not simply look for big, gapping holes in your exterior, but all the tiny, discreet cracks a pest could squeeze into for shelter. Check entry areas for plumbing, heating, and even windows and doors that can’t close just right. A common weakness is cracks between pavement and brick foundations. Overgrown bushes and plants can also attract pests to your property over your neighbors.
Keep in mind: a mouse can squeeze into a 1/4 inch hole and a rat can squeeze into a 1/2 inch hole.
2. Look for signs of existing pests: Inspect your home for evidence of rodent droppings, spider webs, torn screens, and chewed up wiring. Also take a survey of all woodworking or furniture with any teeth markings.
3. Examine these popular pest areas in your house: Overwintering pests usually hide in out-of-the way locations. These are places that are often undisturbed and overlooked. Check the attic, basement, crawl spaces, cupboards, closets, and storage units. Do not forget to look behind large appliances, outdoor structures, and all crevices within the interior and exterior walls (especially near any evidence of existing pests).
4. Sealing your home:
1) Caulk and seal all holes and cracks of your foundation, windows, and doors
2) Clean, organize, and declutter cupboards, closets, and storage units
3) Discard paper and cardboard boxes
4) Seal storage and food items in tight, secure plastic containers
5) Check pipes and plumbing for leakage
6) Leave firewood outside away from the house
7) Place mesh screens on foundation or attic vents
Although not always completely avoidable, overwintering pests are normally more annoyance than a threat. With the right precautions and preparations, you can greatly reduce potential invaders in your home.
Don’t forget: now is an ideal time to get on the schedule and invest in your exterior project by contacting us at
Professional Building Services at 603-898-2977. Our team of experts will be there for you every step of the way, from designing to putting the final fastener in your trim. You can be assured that our crew will go above and beyond to give you the home of your dreams. We look forward to working with you!
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