Keep Those Pests Out of Your Home this Winter!
The days and nights are cool (ok… cold!) and you’re not the only one who is trying to keep warm. Now is the time of year those pesky critters think it’s alright to come take haven in your home. Some of the most common winter pests NH Home Inspectors see, include mice, chipmunks, spiders and the western conifer seed bug. Here are some helpful facts and tricks to keep those pests out of your home this winter.
Western Conifer Seed Bug
Since 2012 New Hampshire has seen a large increase of the Western Conifer Seed Bug. Although they are similar to the stink bug they aren’t actually directly related. Similar to the stink bug, once squished they release a distinctive odor. Unfortunately, once these guys get inside it’s hard to get them completely out and you are stuck with them until the spring. To prevent an overabundance, seal cracks or holes around the foundation and window and door frames, repair broken window or attic screens, install weather stripping or sweeps on doors including the garage door to ensure a tight seal.
Although some of these can help control the population of other insects, most of us do not enjoy having spiders in our houses. Some spider bites can cause allergic reactions to both humans and pets. Spiders are another reason it is helpful to identify and seal any small holes or cracks especially around doors and windows. If some do find their way in, a vacuum is a great tool for controlling these critters.
Mice and other Rodents
The biggest issue with having rodents gain access to your home is the health risks that come with them. Mice and other rodents carry germs and disease that can make your family sick. They may also destroy the construction of the home by chewing wires and nesting in insulation. To help keep these unwanted visitors out remedy these common entry points:
- Keep chimney and roof vents covered with chimney caps and screens.
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home including window and door frames as well as where the utilities and pipes enter the home.
- Cover exhaust vents with screens or protective mesh.
- Keep vegetation trimmed away from the home to help prevent mice from accessing the higher points of the house.
A mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime!
The winter months bring enough to worry about with the snow and ice that you shouldn’t have to add any extra worry about the cohabitants of your home that were not invited. If you are worried about an infestation problem, give us a call at Premier Home Inspection Services and we can make a recommendation for a top-notch Pest Professional to call!