Happy Valley’s population is made up mostly of families with school-age children. For many of these families, this means big, inviting garden areas and wide, fenced yards. And while Happy Valley isn’t exactly a rural community, there remain a number of wildlife pests compelled to infest crawlspaces, basements, and attics of many Happy Valley homes. Keeping these homes free from wild winter visitors is a chief concern when the weather turns cold.
Pests such as mice and rats can quickly make homes in forgotten, unattended areas of your basements or crawlspaces while animals like raccoons, squirrels, and deer can wreak havoc on your waste, recycling, and compost areas. Vegetable gardens, fruit trees, and decorative native gardens are all susceptible to damage caused by these invasive pests.
There are a few simple tricks to protect your home from a winter infestation; inspect your home for any water damage. Standing water and water damage both present conditions perfect for many pests. Make sure your waste areas are tightly lidded and no less than 15 feet from your home’s main structures. Seal up any gaps or cracks in your foundation, windowsills, or door frames to discourage tiny pests from wedging their way into your home and keep Wildwoods Pest Control’s contact information handy for when winter infestations appear.