As the warm weather winds down and winter settles in, most of us will breathe a sigh of relief that we survived another season of creepy crawlers. Don’t relax just yet! Just because the weather has turned colder doesn’t mean pests have hibernated for the winter. Many pests will make their way into your home in search of shelter, food, and warmth. Mice, cockroaches, and spiders can be found crawling underfoot in the wintertime. These overwintering pests aren’t just a nuisance to have in your home; they can cause significant damage to both your property and your health. Rodents are known to carry Salmonella and Hantavirus and can chew through cables and electrical wires, increasing the risk of fires. Some spiders like the brown recluse and the black widow have bites that can be a serious threat to humans. Cockroaches are known to trigger allergies and asthma. Winter brings ice, snow, and wind, causing enough stress on your home without the threat of pest infestations. So what can you do to reduce this stress and get rid of the last of these creepy crawlers? Check out these winter pest prevention tips to help you have a stress free winter.
- Inspect the exterior of your home for cracks and holes. Seal them to keep pests from easily accessing your home.
- Replace any loose mortar around foundations and weatherstripping around windows and doors. Repair or replace any damaged screens.
- Eliminate moisture by repairing leaky faucets and clearing clogged drains.
- Keep gutters clear of debris before the weather gets too cold. Consider installing gutter guards to eliminate the need to clean gutters.
- Keep attics, basements, and crawlspaces dry and well ventilated. Consider enclosing your crawlspace.
- Keep storage areas like basements, attics, and garages well organized. Use plastic storage containers rather than cardboard and store them off the floor.
- Screen your chimney vents.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet from your home and elevate it off the ground.
- Keep food, including pet food, in airtight containers and clean up crumbs and spills immediately.
- Call a professional pest control company to provide you with a thorough home inspection and set you up with a comprehensive treatment and prevention plan.
As fall approaches, you might notice the leaves changing colors and eventually falling to the ground. While most of us enjoy this time of year with cooler weather, football games, and the holidays around the corner, one thing we don’t look forward to is that miserable chore of cleaning all those leaves out of our gutters. One way to avoid this tedious task is installing gutter guards. But do they live up to the hype? Are they worth the extra expense? Here are 5 reasons to install gutter guards on your home:
Let’s face it – cleaning gutters is a dangerous job. There’s the risk of falling off a ladder, electric shock from exposed wires, and even the potential to damage not only the gutters themselves but also your walls, fascia, or even your roof. Gutter guards virtually eliminate the need to clean your gutters every year making it much safer for both you and your home.
The debris that clogs your gutters can harbor mold and spores. This can cause damage to your home and can also be hazardous to the health of you and your family. Gutter guards prevent clogs in your gutters eliminating this risk to you and your family.
Clogged gutters can lead to water overflow which can be detrimental to your home. Overflows can damage the gutters themselves, your foundation, the walls and roof when water penetrates the eaves, and it can even erode your property and landscaping. By eliminating the clogs that cause this excess water, gutter guards help prevent damage to your home and, in fact, can even help strengthen your gutters against future damage.
Gutter guards are not only affordable but they also save you time and money on cleaning your gutters. You get a return on your investment by cutting the costs of cleaning, as well as by preventing the significant and costly damage to your home that clogged gutters can lead to.
Clogged gutters provide the ideal location for animals to nest and also provides them with a ready-made food source. Gutters also allow an entry point for pests into your home. Birds, possum, rats, mice, and even snakes will make themselves at home in your gutters if they are clogged. Blocked gutters also lead to standing water which is the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Still on the fence about installing gutter guards? Northwest can help. Give us a call or fill out the form below for a free Leafproof XP gutter guard estimate!