Winter pests can be particularly irritating because they are difficult to eliminate and can enter your home. Fortunately, there are ways to eradicate these pests in your home before winter is over.
It’s natural for these rodents to seek warmth during the cold winter months, but that doesn’t mean you want them to run around your house. When they are installed in your attic or even on the walls, there are ways to get rid of them. First, look for places where mice may be entering your home to prevent more rodents from entering. For example, pipes to the basement, pipes to appliances, basement foundations, and vents or chimneys are common entry points. If you find openings in these places or others, use a physical barrier like mesh screens. Steel wool and putty can also be used to fill in the mouse holes inside.
Once you seal the openings, work to get rid of mice in your house with traps. Strategically place traps around the area where you suspect the mice are residing. Note that the CDC advises against the use of glue and live mouse traps. This is because trapped mice can freak out and leak urine, which in turn can spread germs and disease.Did you see this?
Spiders often seek shelter from the cold within the walls of our homes during winter. With 35,000 known species of spiders in the world, they are usually quite harmless to humans. However, that does not mean that you want them to reside in your home. If you are faced with a spider infestation, start by vacuuming up any spiders you find, as well as their cobwebs. This is a good method if you notice a few spiders here and there rather than a large-scale infestation.
Alternatively, use an insecticide that is safe for indoor use. Since spiders feed on other insects, getting rid of other insects inside your home cuts off your food supply and helps eliminate them from your space. Spray the insecticide around your home, taking care that it reaches corners and other areas where insects are likely to inhabit.
Another method of getting rid of spiders that is said to work well and to be more natural is to use peppermint oil. Spiders are said to despise the smell of peppermint oil, causing them to run in the other direction. Fill a spray bottle with water and a mixture of 15 to 20 drops of peppermint oil. Spray the cracks and entrances of your home with this solution to protect yourself from spiders.
Although these insects are pretty, having an infestation of them in your home is less than desirable. Usually when ladybugs enter your home, they do so in large numbers and it can be quite unsightly. Ladybugs commonly enter homes in an attempt to hibernate for the winter and can multiply by the thousands. Start by vacuuming the ladybugs and then discard the vacuum bag or empty the container outdoors afterward.
Another way to get rid of them is by creating a light trap. You can make one out of a large plastic jar, a light bulb, and clear sheets. This will attract the ladybugs, dragging them into the trap. Then you can dispose of the trap outdoors once you have collected a lot of ladybugs.
Firewood is an important winter item if you have a fireplace or wood stove. For that reason, you want to keep pests away from your wood to keep it in top condition. You also don’t want to bring pests into your home with your firewood. To get rid of these pests, try heating logs that have been infested with insects. Wrap the log with a thick cloth and place it in the sun. As the log heats up, it will kill insects.
Another method of pest removal for firewood is to freeze the insect-infested log. Wrap the log in a cloth and place it in a freezer (if for some reason you have an extra freezer lying around). You shouldn’t put this near any food, so use an extra or commercial freezer if you have one. Leave the log there for three days and then inspect it for errors when it comes out.
Be sure to inspect all firewood logs before bringing them home to make sure you don’t unknowingly bring insects into your space.
Keeping winter pests away makes your home more comfortable and cozy during the winter months.