Do you live in the mountainous regions in Idaho? If so, you should be cognizant of the fact that as the weather cools many pests (both poisonous and non-poisonous) will be moving into warmer environments. Consequently, it is safe to assume that the closed “warm environment” will more than likely be your home.
Before we look at ways to prevent these pests from spending the winter in your home, let’s look at what a pest is and why certain creatures are considered pests.
Pests: What, why, and how?
According to Wikipedia.com, a pest in the broadest sense is a “competitor of humanity.” This explanation (and definition) notes further that a pest “is a plant or animal detrimental to humans or human concerns including crops, livestock, and forestry.” Finally, the term is also used to denote “organisms that cause a nuisance, such as in the home.”
It’s important to note that most insects, rodents, and other animals we call pests are only pests once they move into human living spaces. Also, each pest serves an important function in the unique ecosystem of the surrounding mountainous regions.
For example, a termite becomes a serious issue when it moves into a home and starts eating all of the wooden furniture and structures. If the termite stays out in his natural environment, he plays a vital role in the cycle of life by feeding on the cellulite in wood to turn it back into soil nutrients. Thus, it is good for a termite to live out in the wild but dangerous for a termite to move into your home.
A further challenge is that some snakes and insects (like spiders) are poisonous to human inhabitants and domestic animals. Thus, it is not a good idea that they spend the winter hibernating inside domestic structures.
Protecting your home from winter pests
Here are a few tips to help you remove and keep winter pests out of your home:
Take advice from a professional pest removals company
The first and foremost way to remove pests and put preventative measures into place to keep pests out of your home is to contact a pest control company in Mountain Home, ID. Not only will they remove insects like termites do not eat your wooden furniture and infrastructure, but they will also make sure that these pests stay outdoors and do not move back into your home.
Seal any cracks in your home
Insects, rodents, and snakes will move into your home if they can find an entry point. Therefore, it is vital to inspect your home before the cold sets in to make sure that there are no open spaces between your home’s exterior and interior.
Keep your home clean
It’s vital to ensure that food preparation surfaces and rubbish disposal areas are kept clean and tidy all year round. There is a shortage of food in winter and pests that do not hibernate during the winter will be attracted your home if any rubbish is left lying around.