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The Weather is Frightful, But a Pest-Free Home is Delightful

Winter is here, but that doesn’t mean overwintering pests and rodents are hibernating. As temperatures drop, it can be harder to find a food source and your home provides that food source they’re searching for. The good news is that there are some simple things you can do to prep your home this season to keep pests and rodents out. Check out our checklist below to determine if you’re winter ready!

  1. Find and seal the crevices and openings to your home – It sounds simple, but really look closely to see what openings or cracks you find. Pests and rodents don’t need a large gap to find an entry point into your home. A mouse can fit through an opening about the size of a dime and a rat can fit through an opening about the size of a quarter.
  2. Store hardwood at least 25 feet away from your house – It may be a pain to walk a little further to get hardwood to build a fire, but pests love to live in hardwood piles. Storing the piles closer to your home gives them easier access to get inside.
  3. Tightly seal items in your pantry – Store cereals or snacks in airtight containers. Cardboard boxes and bags with chip clips will not keep the pests away.
  4. Install vent screens over your chimney and shafts – It’s a simple and easy shield for blocking overwintering pests.
  5. Clear the clutter – Your clutter is a pest’s treasure. Organize and clean out storage spaces to avoid an unexpected surprise next time you need something from your storage closet.
  6. Repair leaks – Water accumulation attracts pests and serves as a breeding ground for some overwintering pests. Check your plumbing and repair any leaks you find.

As always, if you see an invader in your home and are not sure how to properly identify it, contact our staff entomologists (the bug doctors!) to help out!

Tips for a Pest-Free Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of our personal favorite holidays! Who doesn’t love indulging in delicious food and a day spent with loved ones? While it may be one of the best days of the year, your leftover Thanksgiving feast could quickly become a pest or rodent’s heaven. Here are a few simple tips to keep your house pest and rodent-free.

  1. Don’t leave food out overnight – Leaving food out overnight can attract pests and rodents into your home as they search for a feeding source. A mouse can fit into your home through an opening that’s the size of a dime, and a rat can fit through an opening that’s the size of a quarter.
  2. Take your trash out – Even if the trash can isn’t full, if you have left over turkey carvings, uneaten stuffing, or sides, pests and rodents will still be tempted to enter your home. After you’re done eating, put the trash in the bin or dumpster outside.
  3. Clean pots and pans – Clean the pots and pans your feast was cooked in on the same evening. Dirty dishes left out overnight can attract pests like ants and roaches.
  4. Don’t leave the door open – When family fills your home, it can get a little toasty in the house, but be cautious of leaving the door open for extended periods of time especially if you don’t have a screen door. An open door is an open invitation.

We hope you find these tips helpful as you prepare for Thursday. Safe travels and happy eating!

Ways to Bug Proof Your Home

I’m sure most people would agree that having bugs in the house is one thing they can do without. Bugs are not only annoying with all the buzzing and biting;  they also create unhealthy living conditions. If you are fighting to keep the bugs out of your house you are not alone. However, with so many insects in the world it can be tough.

Ways to Bug Proof Your Home

  • Seal your Doors: Install a sturdy steel or aluminum threshold under the door (combine this with a door sweep for even better protection). A sweep helps to cover the gap between a threshold and the door bottom. Adding weather-stripping or door-seal kits to the perimeter of the frame can keep insects from entering along the sides or top of the door. Use a clear caulk to seal the joint where the door frame meets the wall and the area where it meets the ground.
  • Add Screens: Adding screens to your doors and windows will allow you to let the fresh air in your house on a nice day but keep the insects out. A 20-mesh or finer screen is the best screen to keep out most common household pests. If you have screens in place already make sure they don’t have any tears in them and that they are securely in place.
  • Maintain your Yard: Yard maintenance can have a big impact on bug infestations. Eliminating pooled water in your yard is one way to reduce the mosquito population. It’s also important to maintain regular drainage channels. Keep your gutter and drains free from leaves, grass clippings and debris so they are able to operate properly. If you have a pool, keep it chlorinated and filtered. Change the water in your fountains or birdbaths twice week. Remove any piles of leaves or debris from your yard.
  • Store Trash Properly: Keep food trash in the kitchen. The trash can should have a lid, and the can should be emptied each night. Exterior cans should have self-closing lids along with tight seals. All interior and exterior trash receptacles and recycling bins should be cleaned and sanitized regularly to keep them clean from food particles and drinks that may have spilled in them.
  • Encourage Natural Predators: Bats and birds are great to have around as they eat a large number of the insects that may try to enter your home. Having clean birdbaths and fresh birdseed can help encourage birds to stay around your house while bat houses and roosts can help encourage bats.

There are many more helpful tips than these for bug proofing your home. So call Triple S Pest Control today and have their professionals help you bug proof your home as well as give helpful tips on other ways to keep the pests out.