Is Your Home Ready for Winter? Pest Control Tips Fall 2016

Exterior Hose and Faucets –
Lately, I see a lot of homes where customers still have their lawn and garden hoses hooked up to the exterior faucet. Some of the hoses are still wrapped around the hose reel. Soon winter will set in, the water in the hoses and reels will freeze. Frozen pipes in the wall can be a big mess. Dripping or leaky hose reels next year will attract pests. Termites and Carpenter Ants will love you as you add extra moisture into the ground. ** Disconnect and drain your garden hose. Shut off the valve to the exterior faucet, usually located in the basement or in utility rooms.

Gutters –
Gutters help drain water off the roof and away from the foundation. I have seen many gutters that are filled with leaves and debris. Soon, our roofs will have snow and ice on them. As the snow and ice melts, clear gutters are needed to allow water to drain off the roof and away from the house. If you have ever experienced ice damming on your roof and water seeping into your ceiling or walls from the melting ice, you know that this can be a costly repair. ** Clean out your gutters twice a year, preventing build up. Carpenter Ants, Squirrels and other pests will end up making access into your roof-line once water damage has softened the sofit or fascia boards.

Wood Piles –
I love the smell of a wood burning fireplace. If you heat with wood, you probably have a good system on storing the wood and keeping it dry, ready to use. Wood piles up against the foundation are great harbor-age locations for rodents. Carpenter Ants can be brought in through firewood also. ** My suggestion is to keep firewood stacked up – away from the foundation.

Leaves & Vegetation –
Rodents have poor vision. They find there way around the basement or your foundation by running along the walls. They cannot see a hole in the foundation from a distance, They enter into your home when they sense warm air currents coming our of holes or crack and crevices. Rodents feel comfortable hiding behind vegetation and debris. **Removing leaves and trimming over grown vegetation all aid with rodent control.