When it gets cold and stormy outside, you feel good to be indoors. You can stay warm by turning up the thermostat and grabbing a cup of coffee. Unfortunately, the warmth of your home and food found inside is a target for pests. They want in, and with a few simple steps you can keep them outside where they belong. At Pointe Pest Control, we are serious about keeping the pests out. We are serious about controlling pests in Washington. Here are a few tips you can use to keep the pests out.
- Perimeter walk: Grab a marker and take a trip around your home. You are looking for holes, gaps and cracks. Make certain to check where your gas pipes enter your home, and the spaces around your doors and windows. If you spot any holes, see if the marker will fit inside. If the marker fits, a mouse could as well. That’s right; a mouse can squeeze its body through a hole the size of a nickel.
- Eaves and vents: While looking at the foundation of your home, make certain to take look at your eaves. Take a close look at the soffits. Soffits are the vents under your eaves. There should be fine meshing behind each one. If the mesh is missing or has gaps, you could get overwintering groups of cluster flies and other insects. If there are large gaps in your eaves you could be sharing your home with squirrels, raccoons, rats, or birds. If there is a way in, they will find it.
- Seal it up: For small holes, you can use a bit of steel wool and some silicone caulk. Mice like to chew; the steel wool will prevent them from getting through the softer caulk. If you gaps around your doors, take a trip to your hardware store and buy new seal from your threshold. The rubber seal is tough and will keep pests out, it will also keep your heat inside. For larger holes you are going to want to buy lath metal or hardware cloth and some patching compound. The metal will keep the rats, squirrels and other rodents from getting inside. If the screens behind your soffits are missing or damaged, you will need to take a trip into your attic to seal them back up. The screens will keep cluster flies, wasps, beetles and other insects from using your attic as a place to overwinter.
Pointe Pest Control
Once pests have established a colony inside of your home, they can be tough to eliminate. That is why you need the professional assistance provided by Pointe Pest Control. We understand pests. We know how they get into your home and we know how to get them out. Our technicians are certified pest elimination experts. When you need pest control in Washington, Pointe Pest Control is your solution. Give us a call today.