5 Common Ways Bugs Enter Your Home
When cold weather arrives, you’re probably making plans to spend more time inside. Of course, you’re not the only one seeking shelter from the cold! Pests try their very hardest to avoid the cold weather by invading homes during the winter months. You can avoid offering shelter to pests by making your home less hospitable in the colder months. Seal up these five common access points for pests in order to pest proof your home.
How do bugs get in your house?
Doors & Windows
It may seem like the most obvious one, but your doors and windows should seal tightly - this also includes your garage door. You may have to install new door sweeps. Either way, even the tiniest access points in sliding glass doors or window sills give pests and in.
Exhaust Fans & Dryer Vent
Double-check these possible access points to avoid pests getting in. Inspect them to ensure that dampers are not stuck or broken. If any vents and fans are broken, be sure to repair them, as this can effectively help keep pests at bay.
Siding & Wall Passages
Any hole or crack is a possible entry point for insect intruders. You should apply caulk or spray foam to seal any large holes and visible gaps. Also inspect every cable, plumbing, and heating item that passes through the walls of your home.
Exterior Walls & Foundation
These areas often become cracked or damaged over time. Cracks and holes should be filled and pull mulch away from your foundation to discourage intruders.
Things You Carry In The House
Plants, holiday decorations, and firewood are some of a pest's favorite hiding places. Be sure to inspect every item that you carry in for hitchhikers, especially bedbugs when traveling!
What are the most common home pests?
The most common types of bugs that will make their way into your home in the winter are:
You don’t have to spend the winter in a haven for insects and pests if you follow these simple tips. Got Bugs is your go-to source for professional pest control in the Atlanta area. We can help keep your home pest and insect-free during the cooler months.
What are the common signs of a pest infestation?
Pests are never an enjoyable thing to find in your home, but at what point are they considered an infestation? Here are a few signs to look out for to determine if you have an infestation or not.
- Pests crawling around your home.
- Dead insects.
- Damaged plants.
- Pest droppings.
- Small openings in the exterior of your home.
- Evidence of a nest.
- Dried blood spots.
How to protect your home against common household pests
As mentioned, the best way to avoid an infestation is by sealing exterior entry points so that pests can not get in. The best way to do this is by having a professional come and examine the outside of your home and fill in all gaps and cracks with caulk, mesh fencing, and other barriers so that pests and rodents cannot make their way into your home.