Keep Out, Winter Pests


As the cool weather begins to approach in Texas, it’s time to make sure that your home or business is ready to keep the warm air in and the winter pests out. I’m sure that Fido loves to curl up in a blanket next to your fireplace in the coming months. It’s that warm air inside, whether it’s from central heat or the fireplace, that you want you and your family to enjoy.

Besides saving extra money on your electric bill, we think about pests. Why? Because we’re 855bugs.com. By now you’re asking yourself, “Self, don’t all the bugs die off in the winter?” Great question. The answer, “Kind of, but not really.”

Sure, we’ll see less ants, roaches, and wasps as it gets colder, but as the crickets cycle-in and –out, that foreshadows the next pest season… Rodents. We know that you probably think that squirrels are so cute, and you wish that they’d just eat of your hand; and that beautiful fuzzy fur coat. Awwww….how cute….

Until you see the damage that they cause from chew, chew, chewing their way into and through your attic. It’s not just squirrels either that want to enjoy that warmth that you only intending on sharing with your closest friends and family this winter. Along with squirrels, it’s mice and rats that want to take advantage of the gaps and penetrations that lead right into your home. Those larger critters, such as raccoons and opossums would like to make your home their home as well. Their vision isn’t great so they rely heavily on their tactile senses, including homing in to changes in heat. Think about how and where that heat is escaping.

When asked the best way to keep rodents out of your house, David Ticknor, Inspector at 855bugs.com, responded, “by identifying various entry points whether they are currently being used or not. Prevention is crucial. A small gap in a pitch change, decking that falls short on a roof line, or an open roof vent makes easy access points for rodents.”

Ticknor drives home the importance of exclusion, which he defined as “a mechanical means of sealing up entry points to prevent in and out access” when it comes to keeping rodents and other pests out of homes. He stresses the use of long-term solutions that will last years as opposed to using expanding foam and steel wool which might only last for a season or two.

He said that there are many signs that help identify the problem and its severity, such as droppings, gnawing, scratch marks, greasy marks, urine stains, food collected, and burrows in the insulation.

Ticknor went on to share an experience he had when he arrived at a rodent inspection at a pier and beam house in which the customer was physically ill because the rodents were so prevalent within the living space of the house.

As you can see – it is important to not delay. Maybe it’s hard to see if there are any holes, or you’re unsure of entry points. Take advantage of our Free Inspection before those rodents take advantage of you.

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