It’s winter, and those pesky little critters that like to sneak into our homes are looking for a place to stay warm. Don’t let them crash your holiday party; here are some tips on how to keep your home pest-free this winter.
Seal Cracks and Openings
The first step in keeping pests out of your house is to make sure there are no cracks or openings around windows and doors. This is especially important if you live in an older home; the sealants used in houses built before the 1990s were not very effective at keeping bugs out. Investing in new weather stripping can go a long way toward preventing insects from entering your home.
Natural Insect Repellents
There are several natural repellents you can use to keep pesky bugs away from your home this winter season. Essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, clove, lavender, citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, thyme, tea tree oil—and even garlic—have been known to help repel insects when used correctly around the house. You can also try planting certain flowers like marigolds or petunias around your outdoor living spaces as natural bug repellents!
Keep It Clean
Another way to keep bugs out of your home is to keep it clean. Insects are attracted to dirty environments, so be sure to vacuum regularly and wipe down kitchen counters after cooking or eating meals. Storing food properly can also help; try storing food items like cereals, crackers, and chips in airtight containers so that the smell of food won’t tempt bugs.
Keep it Dry
It’s important to keep all areas of your home dry during the winter months since moisture is often what attracts pests in the first place. Repair any leaking pipes or faucets right away and check your roof for signs of water damage. Also, try not to leave dishes soaking in the sink overnight – instead, rinse them off right after use, so they don’t attract bugs while you sleep.
Call In Professionals
If you’re still having problems with bug infestation, call in professionals who specialize in pest control. Grizz Pest Management has a lot of experience dealing with different kinds of pests and we know exactly what steps need to be taken to make sure your home stays bug-free all year round.
Keeping your home pest-free doesn’t have to be hard work! By following these simple tips—sealing cracks and openings, maintaining a clean-living space, and calling in professionals when necessary—you can make sure that those pesky critters don’t crash your holiday party this winter season! With just a bit of effort, you can ensure that your home stays insect-free all year round!