Pests are often thought of as spring-summer weather issue, but homeowners need to know that old person winter brings with it a ton of likely pest issues. Once the thermometer starts to drop and the rain comes down like torrents, ants, mice, rats and other collective trespassers look for a warm location that is both easy to access and has the elements of life - food and water. With the hurry and flurry of the Christmas season, preparing your house for winter may be on the 99 things to do but likely near the bottom. So far this fall is pointing to another nasty pest season, so homeowners should do whatever is necessary to close the door on the otherwise welcome mat to pests and rodents. Here are a few winter pest-proofing tips:
1) Seal cracks, crevices and holes on the outside of the buildings using silicone, latex and caulk.
2) Replace worn weather stripping around the foundation, doors and windows.
3) Repair damaged screens.
4) Storage areas should be organized and items sealed in plastic bins off of the floor.
5) Firewood should be raised off the ground and at least six meters from your house.
6) Keep branches and shrubs trimmed back from the home by two meters.
Go Green Pest Control owner Randy Bilesky is a long-time South Delta resident. Trained and certified, Bilesky has first-hand knowledge of the pest problems that local homeowners and business owners encounter.