Yes, that time is upon us leaves are falling, the temperature is dropping, and many people in Overland Park are already getting ready for Christmas. Just as one prepares for the holidays one should also think about preparing your home for the winter; especially sealing your house from bugs.
Many residents don’t believe us when we say that the winter pest control service is one of the most important services of the year, but it really is. You like to stay warm in winter and avoid the cold, well so do the pests. In fact, this is the time they prefer to lay their eggs and multiply. For more reasons why winter pest control is needed please read “Why Pest Control in the Winter?” As important as it is to exterminate bugs when they lay their eggs, it is more important to prevent bugs from entering your home by sealing your house from bugs in the fall.
Fall cleaning, like spring cleaning, is nothing new. In fact, you are probably using a few home maintenance checklists already. Some of you even call it winterizing your home. Regardless what you call it, many of the things you already do to prepare your home for winter is helping prevent a variety of pests.
Our Winterize Your Home / Sealing Your House from Bug Checklist:
Conduct a Deep Clean: Just like spring cleaning fall cleaning is just as important. The frequency of deep cleans really depends on the person. For example, if you did a very thorough spring cleaning using our spring cleaning checklist then you probably don’t need to go as in depth in the fall. In fact, most of the indoor items can still be done during the winter. Your cleaning priority in the fall should be the yard and the garage.
Clean your gutters and Roof: This is important because not only can it cause you many problems if water doesn’t drain properly buildups of leaves and other debris are great places for bugs to live. While cleaning your gutter and roof, it is important to check for any damage to protect your home from leaks or holes that bugs could enter from. Another winter safety tip is to cut down any branches that could fall on your roof due to heavy snowfall. Not only are these branches a hazard, but are a great way for bugs and rodents to enter your attic.
Seal Your Windows and Doors: This is a very common winter energy saving tip but also is great to keep bugs out of your home. Bugs want to come in and enjoy your nice warm, home and one of the most common ways they enter are through small cracks in the window and doors. Sealing windows with caulk and other methods are not only sealing your house from cold air but sealing your house from bugs as well. Although people think of sealing their windows they often forget to seal their doors. You can google all sorts of articles on how to seal a door to keep bugs out.
Check Your Vents: Another common energy tip for winter is also effective at reducing bugs. Vents are great places for rodents and other places to live. It is also a way they travel around your house. Vents can cause gather a lot of debris which reduces the inefficacy of your heating system as well as is a great place for bugs to gather. We recommend at least looking at your vents and wiping them grates off, but every once and awhile you should have a company come in and do a deep clean on your vents.
Check Your Attic: If you have an attic you can get into it is also best to clean it out. This is where most spiders and pests tend to go because in winter it is one of the warmest places in the house as well as the least disturbed. Sealing it the best you can is recommended. Regardless our customers get a free attic treatment each winter because of how important it is to treat the attic. The attic is where we generally find most spiders and silverfish.
Drain your irrigation System and Turn off your Faucets: Although this isn’t a true bug prevention tip we would hate for anyone’s pipes to freeze it is a costly and damaging mistake if not done. From a pest perspective, many people in Overland Park tend to find spiders by these valves to turn the water off. This is generally because it is close to water, dark, and they are generally not disturbed. Before switching your water off, we recommend first looking out for spiders so you don’t get a spider bite but cleaning it out quickly to reduce the number of bugs that multiply there.
The main purpose of this fall home maintenance checklist is first to winterize your home and protect it from any damage winter may bring, but second is to seal your house from bugs so they don’t get in and multiply in the winter. You can break this process, down however you like, but we recommend that you start sealing your doors and windows as soon as the temperature starts to drop because that is when bugs are going to start looking to relocate their home.