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Get Ready for Winter to Prevent Pest Infestations in Your Home

Pest activity increases as the weather gets colder, but you can prepare for winter and pest-proof your home.

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Indiana winters can be harsh, so it makes sense that pests like cockroaches and rodents are desperate to get into the warmth and safety homes and other structures. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should allow infestations to take root in your home. Thankfully, there are some very simple things that you can do to pest-proof your property

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Does Pest-Proofing Actually Work? 

There will always be moments when your best efforts fall short. After all, pests are determined and they will seek any way to get into your home. Of course, if you prepare for winter well and you put the right preventive measures in place, it is possible to prevent pest infestations in most cases. 

Nonetheless, it’s important that you do your research and put the right preventative measures in place for your home and situation. 

These five pest-proofing tips will help you to keep your property free from infestation: 

1. Identify Prime Infestation Locations 

There are some parts of your home that are far more tempting to pests than others. Areas that are warm, dark, damp, and generally undisturbed by foot traffic are more likely to see infestations. These hotspots tend to be in places like the basement or crawl space, underneath vents and heaters, in the garage, behind appliances, and around garbage cans. If you want to avoid infestation, it is best to identify and monitor these areas, looking for signs of droppings and infestations. 

2. Clear Debris and Clutter 

Once you have identified the hotspots in your property, it is important that you keep them clear. Debris provides the dark hiding spaces that pests love, and organic debris can also act as food for some pests (cockroaches in particular). Make sure you regularly sweep up and sanitize hotspot areas to make them less inviting for pests. Prime areas will include your crawl space or basement, which you might use for storage. 

3. Pest-Proof Your Perimeter 

Pests need to come into your home from the outside, so check your outer perimeter for cracks, holes, and gaps (particularly around utility penetration points) that could allow pests entry. Once you have found them, fill or block them with sealant to make it harder for pests to get into your home. After that, you’ll need to look into keeping the pests out of your foundation, as well as the areas leading up from it. For example, vent covers, encapsulation, and the right insulation will do wonders in protecting your crawl space or basement. 

4. Strengthen Your Sanitation Routine 

Pest-proofing sanitation measures differ from your regular cleaning routine. Pests are able to feed on residue inside drains and on household appliances, so it’s important to keep stringent sanitation measures in place. Use an organic sanitizer to keep drains, pipes, and appliances in and around hotspots clean. Even your basement or crawl space can benefit from a quick once-over during your fall cleaning routine. 

5. Keep Your Kitchen Spotless 

While your kitchen may not be the ideal spot for a pest’s nest due to the regular traffic and cleaning, it will attract pests that are in other areas of your home. If you leave crumbs or exposed food open to the air, you are sure to find that pests begin to gravitate toward it. 

If you take all of these measures, you will reduce the chances of an infestation taking root in your home. If, however, you notice droppings and other signs of infestation, it is time to call a professional exterminator to remove the pests, and repair experts to fix any damage that they have caused. 

Why You Should Call Professional 

If you think you may have an infestation on your hands, it is important to call a professional for a number of reasons. First and foremost, infestations will only get worse if they have a point of entry. It’s important to seal off your foundation, crawl space, or basement from rodents, bugs, and even types of mold. 

This is done best through waterproofing and encapsulation, but also with bug-resistant insulation and vent covers. With a free inspection from the experts at Indiana Foundation Service, you can get your home checked out for any damage caused by an infestation and receive a solution. This not only stops more damage from developing, but also prevents future issues.