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Tips For A Pest Proof Home This Winter

During the winter months, you are likely to spend a lot of time indoors because of the change in temperature. Guess what…pests are looking for the same escape. In order to keep any pests from making your home their winter hideout, it is important that you take steps towards creating a pest proof home this winter.

Here are some of the best pest proofing steps you can take!

Keep On Top Of Home Maintenance

The first line of defence for your home against pests should be to ensure that you make entry as difficult as possible. Seal up all potential entrances. Sounds easy right? But not as easy as many people think.

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The logical areas to target are the doors and windows, and to apply sealant to them. However, there are a couple other areas to look at in addition to this:

  • Holes In The Exterior Walls
  • Outdoor Vents
  • Chimneys
  • The Roof And Loft

Remember that many creatures are very crafty, and can end up fitting into holes smaller than you would think possible. Mice are a good example of this. They are able to contort their bodies to fit into holes that are smaller than they are.

Fixing any leaky pipes and clogged drains will deter pests that like damp places. You should also avoid the build-up of stagnant outdoor water that might attract pests.

Store Your Food In Sealed Containers

Just the smell of food can be enough for a pest to make your home their chosen place to go instead of your neighbours. A crucial step to making a pest proof home is containing those smells. Wherever possible, your food should go in a sealed container such as a ZipLock bag or a Tupperware type box. This will go a long way to preventing pests from being attracted to your home.

This includes storing your leftovers, bread, and condiments in containers that won’t allow pests to smell them. And don’t forget to store your pet food in sealed containers too. And don’t leave pet food out at night.

Keep Everything As Clean As Possible

Cleaning is a very effective weapon for keeping pests at bay and ensuring a pest proof home. The more thoroughly you clean, the less there is to attract pests of any kind. Many of the small spills and crumbs we leave behind us when we eat or cook make the perfect meal for pests.

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On top of hygiene, regular housework does something more to prevent pests. It helps ensure that pests have nowhere to hide in your home. Good pest proofing practice includes removing as much clutter as possible, even in storage areas.

Don’t Leave Food Rubbish In The House

Rubbish is a big draw fir pests of all kinds. Even during the winter, kitchen bins can attract pests into your home quicker than you think. Never leave bins in your home un-emptied for too long. And make sure the lids are a tight fit and close properly.

To further protect your rubbish, you can use scented bin bags or add a drop of peppermint essential oil. Strong scents prevent animals from being able to smell the contents of the bag as easily.

All of these tips are designed to work together. Doing just one will probably not result in a pest free home. The more of these tasks you do, and the more often you do them, the better you are pest proofing your home for the winter.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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