How to Keep Critters Out of Your House This Winter

People aren’t the only ones who like to spend cold winter days indoors. Rodents and other critters are also looking for a warm place to spend the winter months, and if you don’t take some careful steps to discourage them, your home could look like the perfect cold-weather hideout. If you’d prefer to keep unwanted guests out of your house this winter, follow these tips to keep your home critter-free.

Plug Entry Points

Pests don’t need much of an opening to make their way into your home. A gap as small as a quarter of an inch is all it takes for mice to enter. Make sure any openings that size or larger are closed off. Repair screen tears, and use wire mesh to seal cracks in your walls or foundation. Inspect the areas where pipes enter your home and fill any gaps with caulk. Ensure your chimney cap is secure and replace it if it doesn’t fit properly, as rodents can be surprisingly adept at climbing.

Clear Your Clutter

Clutter provides ideal hiding spots for pests , especially when it is not in high-traffic areas of your home. If you have stacks of papers, piles of laundry, or empty boxes lying about, clear these out so pests can’t use them as hiding places. If you have to store boxes or other stacks of belongings, keep them on shelves off the ground to discourage critters from nesting in them.

Keep Food Secured

Crumbs and food residue might not look like much to you, but they are a feast for hungry rodents and other critters. Clean thoroughly after every meal and snack, and sweep up crumbs from under appliances periodically. Store your food in cabinets in sealed containers. Pet food should also be carefully sealed.

Regular pest control services are also an essential part of keeping critters outside where they belong. Hilltop Pest Control in Steamboat Springs, CO, offers expert pest control and prevention across Northwest Colorado to keep your home and family safe from infestations. Contact Hilltop Pest Control at (970) 879-7796 for more information.