Generally speaking, when a pest control company is discussing why you might need to prepare your home for winter, it is because pests are looking for warmth and shelter from winter weather. Here in south Florida, that is not so much the problem — although pests will still seek entry to you West Palm Beach area home. addition to serving the greater West Palm Beach area, we also serve Delray Beach, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Wellington, and Boca Raton.
Here in South Florida, it is not so much the cold winter months that cause an increase in pest infestations, but it sure doesn’t help. There are many reasons that a pest might try to enter your home in the winter. Some people might say that it is because the natural foods that they have in the wild are affected by winter months forcing them to look for food elsewhere, while others might just say that they never stop seeking entrance to your home, regardless of the season.
Here at Native Pest Management, we aren’t so much concerned with what causes pests to seek entrance to your home, but rather are more concerned with keeping them out. If you have seen pests in or around your home this fall, we urge you to contact us today to schedule an inspection and treatment — ensuring you and your family can have a pest-free holiday season.
But what are some things that you can do besides calling us to keep pests at bay?
Keep A Clean House
Any pest control services provider will tell you the same thing — the most important thing that you can do to ensure that you don’t wind up with an infestation is to keep your home clean. Keeping your home clean can mean many different things, as pests look for both food, shelter, and water when entering a home. Below, we have outlined three ways to ensure that your home is not a desirable habitat for roaches, spiders, mice, rodents, and other pests.
Water – When people hear that they need to eliminate water from their home, often times they don’t quite understand what is meant. Your West Palm Beach pest control services provider isn’t suggesting that you not use water in your home, but rather are saying that you should air out and dehumidify humid areas. Unfinished basements and crawl spaces are some of the largest culprits for pest habitats as they are often humid — something that goes unnoticed if it is not used often. To make your basement or crawlspace less desirable to pests, be sure to run a dehumidifier in the basement a couple times a month.
Food – Food is without a doubt one of the largest attractants for pests — after all, they have to eat. The key to keeping pests out of your home is to make sure that their access to food is limited. Keeping crumbs off of the floor, keeping food on shelves, and packaging food in sealed containers are all ways that you can deter pests from entering your home. The key to keeping your home pest free is ensuring that a pest would have better luck finding food elsewhere than in your home.
Shelter – You might be thinking “Shelter? Isn’t my home a shelter?”, and while yes, it is, we mean shelter in the sense of a pest’s shelter from you! If your home is full of clutter pests can actually be in your home for quite some time before you even notice. In fact, pests could be in your West Palm Beach home for months without you noticing. As a provider of pest control services here in West Palm Beach, we strongly suggest that you clear any unnecessary messes in your home before winter rolls around.
Move Firewood Away from Your Home
While we do not have to have fires in the West Palm Beach area to warm our homes, many homes do have fireplaces for aesthetic purposes. Now, in order to have your fires, you likely have a stack of wood on the side of your house so that you do not have to venture far to gather wood. While it may seem nice to have your fuel so close to your home, it can be a potential issue when it comes to pests. Rodents, in particular, love to live in the stacks of wood by your home for two reasons. First, a woodpile is an excellent shelter for them, and second, it is close enough to your home for them to make a run for the door when you come out to get wood. While we do not offer pest control services that involve moving your wood pile away from your home, we do suggest that you do it — saving you the trouble of having to schedule a pest control treatment from our experienced team of rodent control specialists.
Seal Potential Entry Points
What is the best thing that you can do to keep pests from entering your home? Seal off all of the places that they would try! As a pest control services provider, we have seen a number of infestations in West Palm Beach as a result of homeowners or business owners failing to seal cracks, or holes, leading into their homes. But what are some of the more common places that you should be looking?
Foundation – If you own an older home or business, it is possible that your foundation has cracked or crumbled in a way that might allow pests to gain entry. If this is the case, it is time to hire a concrete patching company to fill in the potential entry points.
Door Frames – Another common (and maybe the most common) point of entry for pests would be the door frame. Sometimes doors can have a large gap beneath, or around them as a result of warping or improper fitting upon installation. If the door is warped you might need to replace it. If the door is raised too high off the ground, you can install a spacer to plug the gap.
Schedule A Pest Control Treatment
Last, but certainly not least, you can contact us at Native Pest Management to employ our pest control services. Not only do we focus on pest removal, but we also specialize in integrative pest management techniques like pest prevention.
Not only are our pest control services proven, but they are also safe. Our eco-friendly pest control products are safe for your family and pests while still proving to be fatal to rodents and insects trying to enter your home. So what are you waiting for? Contact us here at Native Pest Management today for a free estimate and to schedule an appointment.