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WINTER

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Welcome to Winter

Just like us, bugs and pests are looking for warmth during the winter. And of course, they usually head indoors. Attics, garages, and basements may seem like the perfect places to store summer clothing and boxes, but rats, mice, and moths love nesting and feeding in those areas. The best thing to do is seal up all entry ways and store natural fiber clothing items in plastic bags. Below are several bad guys to look out for and tips to control for each one.

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Carpet Beetle

Your Terminix service professional can quickly and easily rid your home of carpet beetles, but there are a few steps you can take to protect your clothing until the problem is taken care of:

  • Do not store boxes of clothes in the attic, garage, or basement.
  • If clothing must be stored in boxes, thoroughly clean the boxes before storage, and seal all corners and openings with tape.
  • Prior to storage, clean woolen and natural fiber clothing according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • In closets, store natural fiber clothing by covering it with individual plastic covers.
  • Consider storing clothing in large zippered plastic units.
  • Use mothballs to help deter fabric pests, but be aware that they may leave an odor that could require dry cleaning.

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House Mouse

The best way to avoid invasions of mice is to remove harborage that might attract them and seal holes and cracks on the outside of the home. Follow these recommendations to help keep mice from entering your home:

  • Keep firewood stored as far from the home as possible and store it off the ground. During the winter, store only enough wood next to the house to burn every couple of days.
  • Remove any piles of debris – such as stones or bricks – near the foundation of the home, as they can attract rodents.
  • Do not allow piles of leaves to accumulate next to the home’s foundation.
  • Seal any hole or crack larger than ¼ of an inch. A good rule of thumb is that if a pencil can fit into it, a mouse can too. Large holes or cracks should be stuffed with steel wool or wire mesh before sealing with caulk or foam; otherwise, rodents can chew through to enter.
  • Install good, thick weather-stripping on the bottom of all doors to prevent rodents from entering. The garage door may prove difficult to seal completely, so the door from the garage to the house must be sealed extra tightly.
  • The installation of one or two wind-up mousetraps in the garage can catch many mice as they enter. These traps can catch up to 15 mice with one setting. Ask your Terminix service professional for more information.

Remember, your pest control service includes coverage of commensal rats and mice. And your Terminix professional will be sure to inspect for signs of rodents—particularly in colder months.

norway rat

Norway Rat

The best way to avoid invasions of rats is to remove harborage that might attract them and seal holes and cracks on the outside of the home. Follow these recommendations to help keep rats from seeking food and shelter in your home:

  • Keep firewood stored as far from the home as possible and store it off the ground. During the winter, store only enough wood next to the house to burn every couple of days.
  • Remove any piles of debris – such as stones or bricks – near the foundation of the home, as they can attract rodents.
  • Seal any hole or crack larger than ¼ of an inch. Large holes or cracks should be stuffed with steel wool or wire mesh before sealing with caulk or foam, otherwise rodents could chew through to enter.
  • Install good, thick weather-stripping on the bottom of all doors to prevent rodents from entering. The garage door may prove difficult to seal completely, so the door from the garage to the house must be sealed extra tightly.

Remember, your pest control service includes coverage of commensal rats and mice. And your Terminix professional will be sure to inspect for signs of rodents – particularly in colder months.

roof rat

Roof Rat

The best way to avoid invasions of rats is to remove harborage that might attract them and seal holes and cracks on the outside of the home. Follow these recommendations to help keep rats from seeking food and shelter in your home:

  • Keep firewood stored as far from the home as possible and store it off the ground. During the winter, store only enough wood next to the house to burn every couple of days.
  • Remove any piles of debris – such as stones or bricks – near the foundation of the home, as they can attract rodents.
  • Seal any hole or crack larger than ¼ of an inch. Large holes or cracks should be stuffed with steel wool or wire mesh before sealing with caulk or foam, otherwise rodents could chew through to enter.
  • Install good, thick weather-stripping on the bottom of all doors to prevent rodents from entering. The garage door may prove difficult to seal completely, so the door from the garage to the house must be sealed extra tightly.

Remember, your pest control service includes coverage of commensal rats and mice. And your Terminix professional will be sure to inspect for signs of rodents – particularly in colder months.

webbing clothes moth

Webbing Clothes Moth

Your Terminix service professional can quickly and easily rid your home of these pests, but here are a few steps you can take to protect your clothing until the problem is under control:

  • Do not store boxes of clothes in the attic, garage, or basement.
  • If clothing must be stored in boxes, thoroughly clean the boxes before storage, and seal all corners and openings with tape.
  • Prior to storage, clean woolen and natural fiber clothing according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • In closets, store natural fiber clothing by covering it with individual plastic covers.
  • Consider storing clothing in large zippered plastic units.
  • Use mothballs to help deter fabric pests, but be aware that they may leave an odor that could require dry cleaning.
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