Five tips to put into action now to keep insects and rodents out of your home this winter.
As the temperature drops, we begin spending more time indoors, but we aren't the only ones. Bugs and other pests try to relocate into your home during the colder months in an attempt to stay warm. Focusing on pest control now can prevent the need to hire professionals and save you money in the long run. Better Business Bureau® serving Eastern Oklahoma urges consumers to take action now to protect their homes from any unwanted house pests.
BBB® shares these five tips for deterring insects and rodents from your home:
- Keep food secure: Insects and rodents need a steady source of food to survive and without it will likely move on. Keep food stored in sealable containers that can't be easily chewed through. Clean counters, floors, and stoves of any food debris.
- Throw out the trash: What may look like trash to us is a buffet to pests. Storing trash in lidded bins and removing it regularly and often can help deter pests.
- Close any entrances: Keep pests out by closing any openings into your home. Make sure doors, and windows are sealed. Look for any cracks around outdoor HVAC units. Repair any damage to siding, exterior trim, and decks, as it may be a point of entry for unwanted guests.
- Start on the outside: It’s easier for pests to make their way into your home if the outside conditions are overgrown and unkempt. Keep grass, foliage and branches trimmed and away from the perimeter of your home.
- Clean regularly: While it is mistakenly believed that maintaining an immaculate house can deter pests it can still be beneficial. By cleaning often it will be easier to identify any developing problems in your home and promptly seek professional assistance.
Take your time in selecting an exterminator if you discover a problem that requires a professional. Find tips for hiring a contractor wisely at BBB Tip: Contractors (General). Search for exterminators at bbb.org/tulsa to find Accredited Businesses, read business profiles and verified reviews.