Fall is winding to a close as the cold winds of winter make their way through. While some bugs may be going into hibernation outdoors, others will become more determined to make their way into homes, searching out the warmth they need. By weatherproofing your home, you will not only lower your monthly heating bill, but better protect your home against these potential pests.
Seal Doors and Windows
The sealing that is used around the doors and windows of the home can become weathered over time. A constant protection from the outside elements, this caulking and material should be checked at least every few months for problems. Look closely at each section. If light and wind can pass through these tiny cracks, it is also possible for bugs to make their way through. Get these elements fixed before the worst of winter sets in.
In addition to the windows and doors, lines leading into utility outlets are ideal places for bugs to enter the home. This includes the gas line, dryer vent, telephone line, and more. There are spray foam products that can be used to spray around this area to prevent against bugs.
A leak during the winter months can spell disaster. When freezing temperatures set in, a leak could lead to frozen water covering the pipes. This can lead to damage. In addition to this, insects, like other living organisms, need water to survive. Because of this, any source of water will attract these pests into your home. For those with a crawl space, it is especially important to stop moisture leaks here to prevent bugs from nesting below your home.
Keep Things Clean
Keeping your home clean is important on many different levels, and it is especially important in the kitchen. Here is an area where bugs and rodents are most attracted to, seeking the food and water left out. Avoid leaving dishes in the sink whenever possible, instead cleaning things up as you go. Make an effort to keep every area of the kitchen clean, especially those places that see food on a regular basis.
This winter weatherproof your home, not only against the elements, but the potential pests that can venture inside. Making a few crucial changes will be beneficial to you and your family during these winter months. By making these changes early, you will give yourself a better defense to keep bugs out all throughout the year.