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Places to check in your home to prevent unwanted insects from entering

December 9th, 2021

It is rare that we think of insects when the landscape is covered with snow. Insects are, at least in our imagination, more of a warm season phenomenon. However, insects seek out the warmth of our homes and in winter, they may make their home in your home. It is therefore important to check the various places in our homes that could be potential entry points for these undesirable creatures. The following blog post will tell you where to look to prevent insects from entering your home.

Places where there is food

Cupboards, pantries, sculleries, any place where you store food are likely to attract insects. It is therefore very important to make sure that your food is in airtight containers. You should also make sure that you do not leave fruits or vegetables to rot. Don’t leave your bags of sugar, flour or other grains open either.

Doors and windows

Obviously, a cracked or broken window or a poorly hinged door can be an obvious entry point for insects. You should also be aware of less obvious details such as poorly fitted window frames or windows and doors that do not close tightly. This is the time to get out the caulking to fill any gaps, crevices or crevices around your windows and inspect door weatherstripping. Also check the window closing mechanisms to make sure everything is working properly.

The garage

The garage door can sometimes let daylight in and this is not normal. The garage door should be impervious to light. If light can get through, so can insects. As with the doors in your home, check for weather stripping.

Roofing

Insects have a way of breaking through cracks in plywood to gain access to the attic or attic space. Soffits and fascias should be inspected as they may be used as a nest by some insects. Also make sure that the hatch leading to the attic is properly closed. On the exterior, check for missing shingles or any other type of material on your roof, if so, replace them without delay.

Exterior vents

The various vents are a classic point of entry for many insects. It is therefore worthwhile to check them for possible breakage. Whether it’s a dryer vent, a gas fireplace vent or an exhaust fan vent, all of these can allow unwanted insects to make their home in your home.

It can be difficult to keep track of all the potential entry points into your home, so don’t hesitate to call professionals who have a keen eye for these things and can give you specific advice on how to avoid intrusion this winter.