Don’t Let Bugs and Rodents Ruin Your Cozy Home

While we associate spring and summer with pests because of the seasonal arrival of termite swarms, mosquitos, and baby animal populations, the reality is that the winter is the worst time for pests for many New Jersey area homeowners.  While cold weather does kill of many of the nuisance pest species, other ones move inside to overwinter, which can turn pests that are a mere nuisance outside into a major problem.  Pests that come inside can damage homes and belongings and expose families to illnesses.  That is why it is so important to keep pests outside.

Viking Pest Control is a specialist at pest prevention.

Just like with most other problems, preventing a pest infestation is much easier than eradicating pests once they have invaded a home.  That is why Viking Pest Control performs pest prevention services for their customers.  We not only inspect your home to spot potential sources for pest invasions, but also remediate those problems to keep the pests outside.  Of course, we also look for evidence that pests are already in your home.  This evidence includes gnaw marks, droppings, and other tall-tell signs that the pests are lurking.

There are affordable things you can do to prevent winter pests.

Not all of our customers need a professional pest inspection.  You can take steps to keep winter pests out of your home, many of which are absolutely free or cost very little money.  Dedicate a morning or afternoon to the inspection and the time you spend will be well worth it, by helping you achieve a pest-free home this winter.

  1. Use plastic containers for storage instead of cardboard boxes; cardboard is easy for rodents and bugs to eat through and does not deter pest infestations.
  2. Dispose of your inside garbage regularly and, if you store garbage between trash pickups, keep your garbage cans located away from your home and use locking lids to discourage pests from invading the garbage. While you are at it, store any firewood away from the house, as well.  You do not want your home or your yard to be seen as a feeding ground for pests.
  3. Use screens to block household vents and other openings.
  4. Install gutters to divert water away from your home; standing water attracts all sorts of pests. Fix any water leaks in your home; rodents and bugs can use even tiny water leaks as a water source.
  5. Store food in airtight containers.
  6. Seal any cracks or holes on the outside of the home, and ensure that any areas where utilities and pipes enter your home are caulked so that they do not have any holes surrounding them. Even a small hole can become a passageway for pests.
  7. Inspect for gnaw marks. Wires, insulation, and walls are all favorite targets for rodent gnawing, so inspect them carefully.
  8. If you see any evidence of pests, including gnaw marks, droppings, or suspicious scurrying sounds, handle the problem immediately. Pets multiply very quickly and it is a lot easier to control one or two pests than it is to control a colony!



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