Healthful Tips For Your Home in Winter
- Prolonged storage of garments/fabrics. To
prevent carpet beetle, cloth moth and other
fabric insect damage, avoid prolonged storage
of unused garments, bedding, any fur or animal
pelts, old wool rugs, or upholstered furniture.
- Food storage areas. Keep kitchen cabinets,
pantry areas and other food storage areas clean
and remove crumbs or food particles, as exposed
food attracts insects. Use older products before
newer ones, and opened packages first.
- When purchasing packaged food, be certain
containers are sealed. Check the packaging date.
Packages with clear plastic or wax paper coverings
should be checked for food-infesting moth larva
and other insects.
- Improper food storage practices. Store dried
foods in insect proof containers such as screw
top glass, heavy plastic, or metal containers.
This prevents entry or escape of Indian Meal
Moths and other pantry pests.
- Purchase dried food in packages that can
be used up in a short time. With families of
our own, we realize the benefits to purchasing
in bulk, however, whenever possible keep foods
in dry storage less than 2 to 4 months.
- Broken basement windows, warped doors, holes
in the foundation, or unscreened vents. These
are invasion routes for mice, rats and even
squirrels. Close bulkhead doors tightly. Cover
vents with metal grillwork, backed by rust resistant
- Trash containers clean, covered, and lined
with plastic trash bags. Keep trash containers
clean, covered, and lined with plastic trash
bags to reduce this food source for cockroaches
- Pet food unsealed or left out overnight.
Indian Meal Moths and other pantry pests will
infest pet and bird food if left accessible.
Keep pet and bird food sealed and unavailable
to these pests. Rats and Mice will also feed
on pet and bird foods.
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Tips for Spring
Wood to soil contact. Keep soil from touching wood to reduce pest access. If there must be wood to soil contact (on a porch or deck) use pressure-treated wood or material which is insect resistant. Eliminate hollow porch post and columns.
Ventilation and high moisture conditions. Eliminating damp conditions, increasing ventilation and replacing decayed wood, aids carpenter ant management and helps prevent future infestations by the ants and wood destroying fungi. This may include your cellar, crawl spaces or under dirt filled porches.
Flower and shrubbery beds. Adding crushed rock around the foundation instead of mulch will eliminate a food and harborage source for sow bugs, centipedes, millipedes and many other insects. Crushed rock is also a rodent and snake deterrent.
Leaking gutters and roof lines. Keep gutters and roof lines in good repair and free of debris to reduce wood rot. This reduces breeding areas for wood destroying insects. Satellite carpenter ant colonies are usually in areas of moisture damaged wood.
Openings at plumbing, electrical, and telephone line entrances into your home. Sealing openings around these entries reduces access for carpenter ants, stinging insects, and many occasional invaders.
Excessive plant cover around the foundation. Leaves and other debris under decks, in window wells, and behind bushes should be removed to eliminate decaying organic matter which may provide a food source or harborage for insects such as sow bugs, centipedes and millipedes.