Winter is quickly approaching and you won’t be the only one seeking shelter from the cold. For the next couple of months, it will be important to be vigilant when it comes to protecting your home from unwanted pests entering in ways you may least expect. If you live in Connecticut or the rest of the Northeast, some of the most common pests are avoidable, and you can control your home from being overtaken by infestation.
While bed bugs are not known carriers of any disease, they are some of the most unpleasant pests to deal with. They feed on your blood while you sleep and can leave you with unsightly and irritated bites. Also, they reproduce at high levels so it is almost a certainty that there will be an infestation unless properly treated.
Commonly, bed bugs travel into your home by way of luggage, furniture, bedding, and clothing, so it is important to be extremely thorough when inspecting these items coming in from outside your home. You should also opt to purchase a mattress cover that can seal off your mattress from bed bugs. All bedding should be washed and dried frequently and on high heat. Also, be sure to vacuum all areas of your home (especially bedrooms) regularly.
Another pest to be mindful of when it comes to winter infestations are cockroaches. These stubborn pests can survive a lot of challenging conditions, so prevention is key to keeping them at bay. They are predominantly attracted to moisture and excess water and may also enter your home seeking out food.
Keep a dutiful watch over your pipes for leaks, and make sure your basement is waterproof and/or free from stagnant water. Since kitchen appliances are a popular nesting area, it is important to check in and around them and keep the areas clean so as to lessen the attraction. A clean kitchen is key in avoiding cockroaches this winter, so be sure to clean countertops and stoves, and sweep the floor after every meal. Additionally, store food in airtight containers and do not leave pet food out overnight.
While they may be cuter than the average pest, mice are some of the most detrimental ones to have in your home. Since their primary reason to enter your home is to look for food, they can easily transfer diseases to your food sources through eating and their droppings.
The most important factor when it comes to protecting your home against mice is eliminating any chance at them finding a food source. Similar to cockroaches, you should keep your kitchen as clean as possible, with daily chores and weekly deep cleans. All food should be stored in the refrigerator or in airtight containers. Keep your cabinets and countertops free from crumbs. When it comes to their nests, be sure to seal off any cracks and crevices leading in from the outdoors, especially when it comes to walls, crawlspaces, and attics.
Winter pests in Connecticut and the Northeast are extremely worrisome. Remember, what comes in your house in winter can easily turn into an infestation come spring. Thankfully, Millette is properly equipped to handle any pest extermination needs you may have in the winter and all year-round.
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