Owning a cabin is a great retreat from daily life whether it is on a lake or hidden deep in the mountains. Even though it offers fun during long weekends and summer vacations, the time comes when you need to close it up before the snow sets in. You likely have a list of things to do such as draining hoses, locking windows and winterizing your pipes. Have you thought about winterizing against pests? Here are five tips to winterizing your cabin against pests.
Check for holes or cracks on the inside and outside of your cabin. Some key places to inspect are flooring, walls, windows, doors, chimneys, pipes, dryer vents and siding. If you find any cracks or holes, be sure to seal them with caulk or other material.
Most cabins have a wood-burning stove or a fireplace and if that’s the case, then there is often firewood nearby. Store firewood in a dry and safe place that is at least 20 feet away from your cabin. Even though it will require more work to bring it in, it will lessen your chance of getting pests inside if they have infested your wood pile. Some common pests to find homes in your woodpile are rodents, beetles and spiders.
In some cases, cabins are equipped with food staples such as flour, sugar and other baking ingredients so it will be available when you visit your cabin. When you winterize your cabin, do not forget to store food in airtight containers. Not only will it allow the food to last longer, it will also prevent pests. Food is one of the main attractions for pests. Making sure you have everything sealed and tucked away will give an added protection against a pest infestation.
Tidying Your Outdoor Area
Items such as bird feeders, shovels and grills must be stored in a shed. Rodents enjoy chewing on wooden handles, so put your shovels and rakes away too. It is also important to seal up bird food and clean grills of any remaining food residue. Seal up any grills or smokers so they are not used as shelter for pests.
Call a Professional
The last measure you should take to winterize your cabin is to call a professional pest control company, such as Eden Spokane. People often wonder if pest control in the fall and winter months is a waste of money, but it is not at all. Maintaining a pest control treatment schedule will prevent pests from entering your cabin in the winter and cause less to appear in the spring. If you want that reassurance of a pest free cabin, contact Eden Spokane today.