Returning Home For Winter
December 28, 2016
Do you have a winter home in Florida? Do you enjoy the benefits of being able to live in the North during the summer months and here in Florida during the winter months? If so, you know that this level of luxury doesn't come without its challenges. When you leave to head up North, there are things that must be done to protect your home while you're gone. And, if you've just come back, there are things that must be done to make sure everything is okay.
There are many checklists available to help returning residents. These lists usually focus on home security, checking fuse boxes when appliances don't come on, restarting utilities and services that were suspended, and other useful tips. But few of these lists cover pest control issues as well as they should. Since pest control is one of the professional services we provide to residents here in South Florida, we thought it would be a good idea to put together a pest control checklist for returning snowbirds. We hope you will find this helpful.
Pest Checklist For Florida's Winter Residents
Rodents: While the cat was away, the mice may have played. It is important to do a search for the signs mice and rats leave behind, so you don't deal with flu-like illness this winter. Look in the backs of your drawers and cabinets for tiny black droppings. Search in low area of your kitchen and pantry for chewed holes in your walls or baseboards. Use a flashlight to look for areas in the attic where rodents may be bedding down. Norway rats will dig holes and hide under objects in your yard. Do a quick look for these.
Spiders: Poisonous spiders, like the brown recluse and the black widow, make tangled webs near the ground. And, they prefer to make them in secluded places (like a home that has been vacant for months). It is a good idea to do a quick inspection for these.
Cockroaches: This is another illness-causing pest that is better to not have around. Look in moist, dark places for these bugs crawling around. Inspect your basement, pantry, attic, and garage for tiny black droppings.
Termites: If you do not have termite protection in place, look in your basement and crawl spaces under your home for mud tubes. Look under mulch and wood debris for black insects with white wings. Examine all window and door frames for tiny kick out holes and frass littered on sills.
There are many bugs and wild animals that can take up residence in and around your home while you are away for the summer. Searching your attic, basement, garage, and pantry can reveal important clues that will help you address these pest problems as soon as you return.
If you'd like a professional inspection, or to institute year-round pest protection, we'd be happy to help. At Nozzle Nolen, we offer guaranteed home pest control customized for your South Florida home. Reach out to us today to get started.
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