Coping with the Creepy Crawlies this Winter



Winter is here, and so you’re probably already wrapped up warm with a cup of hot chocolate on the sofa watching TV and admiring your festive decorations. But you’re not the only one taking advantage of the interior warmth as opposed to the biting exterior cold.


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During the winter months, all our “favorite” six (or more) legged friends need somewhere to keep cozy and warm, too. They are, of course, (mostly) harmless but if you’re someone with a moderate-to-extreme case of entomophobia, then it can cause unnecessary stress and terror at a time when there are far too many other things to worry about.


If you’ll be wanting to ensure that your home is free of any unwanted guests - you’re almost undoubtedly busy enough already - check out these ways of coping with the creepy crawlies this winter.


SEAL THE HOUSE


It doesn’t matter where you are in the world when the cold weather comes; critters will try and find a way inside. Before any of this happens, ensure that you have checked, and double checked, all possible locations around your home where something would be able to squeeze, wiggle, or squirm through. To solve any problems, you can use door sweeps, sealant, or in a pinch, repair tape.


CLEAR OUT


So it’s coming to the end of the year and you realize that there are a whole host of empty cardboard boxes that have just accumulated over the past 12 months. Well, these can be a breeding ground for all sorts of wildlife, and if they’ve found their way to the boxes, they will almost certainly find their way inside. Get to the recycling plant, and halt that danger before it occurs.


CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN


Everything. Stove tops, kitchen floors, pet bowls, and more. Perhaps the kids have established a museum of your finest crockery in their bedrooms or are trying to create life from old bread crumbs and gravy. All of this will attract creepy crawlies like you wouldn’t believe. If you want to avoid your home becoming infested with cockroaches, it is imperative to ensure that there is no food waste left lingering around the house. Make a point to wipe down all plates and seal anything that is left spare in plastic containers either in the refrigerator or cupboards.


SLIPPING THROUGH THE CRACKS


Even if you do follow these steps, there is no 100% guarantee that your home will remain creepy crawly free over winter. In the event of something finding its way inside, there are also pest control services in your local area. These can get rid of everything from cockroaches to mice, and can exterminate clover mites, should other solutions fail to work.

Following these simple methods should undoubtedly save any potential scares while you are trying to relax after a long day. You’ve probably already got a whole host of family members visiting over the next month or two; you don’t need any more unwanted guests taking up space around the house.


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