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winter home - canstockphoto1420223The cool fall air has moved into much of the country and we are sorry to say, but you are not the only one who is aware of the fast approaching winter. Bugs, mice, snakes, and other pests are looking for shelter from the cold winter months and a structure such as that of your home or business are ideal accommodations with a nearby food source.

Indoor pests can be a serious danger for homeowners as many can contaminate food and other surfaces around the home with their droppings. Mice and other rodents may even pose a fire hazard if they gnaw on electrical wiring within the home.

When it comes to pests, prevention is the key. A few preventative pest-proofing steps as well as on-going monitoring of the home is a smart and naturally “green” choice to help keep pests at bay this winter. Here are a few effective things that you as a homeowner can do to help prevent and deter pests from moving into your home:

1. Promptly address home repairs – If summer storms or years of wear and tear have left parts of your home vulnerable to pests then now is the time to repair them, before the winter weather arrives.
2. Investigate the perimeter of the home – Cracks in the foundation or walls of the home, older windows or door with gaps in the jams, broken screens and outdoor plumbing or vents that are not properly sealed are all entryways for pests and rodents into the home. Take the time to seal these access points before the cooler weather settles in and you will help keep unwanted guests out of the home.
3. Maintain landscaping – Trim tree limbs that extend near the home, cut back shrubs that touch the exterior of the building and remove ground cover near the home. Look at your outdoor landscaping from the eyes of a pest. Does it offer shelter from the elements? Or provide a highway onto your roof or near your home? If pests are living around your home they will naturally seek shelter inside of your home when the weather turns cold.
4. Have good housekeeping habits – Store food in tightly fitting, sealed containers, promptly clean up after meals and never leave crumbs or spills around the home. Pests are always in search of a food source and even come equipped with ways in nature to notify other pests when they find one. Keeping a clean home can also prompt you to notice an infestation early on which always makes control easier.
5. Manage water – All living things need water to survive. Don’t allow water sources around the home attract pests and other rodents. Leaky pipes, poorly draining gutters, a leaky roof and other water around the home can serve as a water supply for pests and rodents.                          6. Monitor your home for pests and rodents – Strategically placed glue boards can alert you to a pest or rodent infestation in your home. Fall is a great time to place fresh glue boards in areas of your home that are vulnerable to pests like basements, attics and areas previously infested.

If you do find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having a rodent infestation this fall check out our full line of rodent products available online at www.catchmaster.com.

Five Pest Prevention Secrets Every Homeowner Should Know

Vacuum Blog GraphicEvery home has some pests in it. If you experience ants in the kitchen, mice in the attic, silverfish in the bathroom or those big ugly crickets in the basement, you are certainly not alone. Pests are small and can slip through cracks and crevices making their way inside of your home fairly easily. Why is it that some homes have way more pests than others? Some homeowners know the secrets to keeping pests out!

We compiled the following list of secrets that some homeowners use to keep their home free from pests. A pest-free home is a healthy home and you can achieve it after knowing these secrets to pest prevention and what is attracting those pests into your home to begin with:

  1. Moisture. If you missed our last blog, The Secret to Why Pests Love Your Home, then you will want to go back and read it to understand that pests need moisture to survive. It certainly makes that Honey Do list look a little more urgent! Leaky pipes inside and out, clogged gutters,  gutters that drain at the foundation, a leaky roof, moisture around your foundation and a damp basement are all moisture and water problems around the home that will attract pests inside. Homeowners must promptly address water issues around the home to prevent pests.
  2. Vacuum Regularly. Yes, we know, it’s not anyone’s favorite chore! But those crumbs that your children are leaving around the table, the cobwebs in the corners, the food particles that fall behind the stove are all things that build up around the home creating a perfect storm for a pest invasion. Vacuum regularly. Doing so will reduce pest populations by eliminating spider eggs and food sources that attract pests into your home.
  3. Seal off cracks and crevices around the exterior of your home. Pests are small and can fit through the cracks and crevices near windows and door jams, at the foundation, near the roof and soffits, and certainly in the basement! So, grab that caulk gun and inspect your house. Caulk any opening into your home that pests may use to enter.
  4. Keep the landscaping around the exterior of your home well-manicured. Ground cover, overgrown tree branches and shrubs, greenery that touches the exterior of your home and heavy mulch near the foundation are all excellent harborage areas for pests. Pests that live directly outside of your home will look to enter your home through tiny cracks and crevices.
  5. Monitor for pests. One of the best secrets to pest prevention is monitoring what is getting into your home and taking quick action to control it. Strategically placed glue boards, glue trays and traps are some of the most important tools used by pest professionals to control pest populations in their client’s homes and is perhaps the most important pest prevention secret of all.

Put these secrets to pest prevention to work for you in your home or apartment. Taking proactive pest prevention steps helps to ensure you have a healthy and pest-free home. And don’t worry, these “secrets” are safe to share with your friends and family.