3 Tips For Winterizing Your Home and Preventing Termite Infestations

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termite control tallahasseeTermites remain active year round. Not many homeowners consider winter a time for termites to begin damaging homes, but they are always looking for feeble properties to attack. Subterranean termites typically look for warmer areas during the winter. They will usually dig deep underneath the ground to access the warmth they need to survive. But, if they have another option like entering a nice, warm home, they will certainly go for it.

Hopefully, you’ve spent your summer focusing on termite control so your home hasn’t undergone significant damage. However, know that you’re not out of the woods just because winter is approaching.

Here are a few tips for termite control Tallahassee residents should consider when winterizing their homes.

Get rid of any wood piles near your home before it’s too late
Since termites love wooden structures, they will nest inside trees, logs, firewood, and piles of mulch for as long as they can. As they feed inside these wooden areas, they will likely begin transitioning from your backyard to your actual home. Remove any piles of wood from around your home and keep firewood at least 20 feet away and five inches off the ground.

Inspect your home and seal any pest entrances
During the first few weeks before snowfall, spend some time walking around your home and look for any small cracks or breaks indoor windows or doors. In addition to inspecting the obvious pest entrances, spend some time looking inside your basement, checking your home’s piping, and your inspecting your attic.

Insulate your home’s plumbing
Preventing serious leaks inside your home should be a priority before every winter. Not only will any leak cause expensive repairs and lead to a long, uncomfortable season, they will increase your chance of being infested with termites. Insulate the covers on all your faucets, too.

Though you should spend some time winterizing your home in order to prevent termite infestations, your best bet to keep your home insect-free over the winter is to work with professional exterminators. If you’re in need of high quality termite control Tallahassee assistance, contact Dixon Pest Services right away.

4 Tips to Prevent Insect Infestations Inside Your Home

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infestationIf you’re a property owner, you should know that it’s important you do whatever it takes to keep your home and family safe. In addition to having a roof over your head, however, you’re going to have to do a bit more to prevent insect infestations within your home.

Because pest infestations can rapidly grow, you have to take preventative measures as soon as possible. Even a single female cockroach can produce between four and eight egg capsules in her lifetime. Each of those capsules can have up to 48 eggs inside it for a rate of up to 384 eggs in a year. Don’t let cockroaches or any other kind of pest take over your home.

Here are some great ways to prevent household pest infestations.

  • Cover trash bins and empty them often — Pests love garbage, especially when it’s piled up high. If you are letting your garbage peak out the top, that is essentially a welcome sign for bugs. In addition, be sure to recently take the trash out of your home and clean out your bin every once in a while.
  • Keep your kitchen spotless — Bugs don’t need mountains of trash to infest a home. All they need is some forgotten crumbs or liquid spills anywhere in your home and these bugs will begin to infest your home. Make sure to regularly clean up after yourself and thoroughly clean your kitchen (and home) every once in a while.
  • Keep bushes, mulch, and wood piles away from your home — Make sure to regularly take a look outside your home for potential insect swarms, too. Pests, especially termites, thrive in moist, wooden areas, so be sure to keep anything like that far away from your home’s physical structure.
  • Regularly inspect your windows and door cracks — The easiest way for pests to get into your home is to leave small cracks in your foundation open. Take a look around your home and seal any cracks that you might find.

Although it’s your responsibility to do everything you can to prevent these insects from causing problems inside your home, you can’t do everything on your own. If you’re experiencing a serious pest infestation, hire an exterminator to come in and take care of it. If you’re in need of high quality pest control services, contact Dixon Pest Services.

Dixon Pest Services, Inc.1706 Capital Circle NE
Tallahassee, FL 32308
850-391-1815