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Now that the cold weather is fast approaching, we love to take refuge in the comfort of our own home. But we’re not the only ones! Indeed, unwanted critters sometimes want to be able to enjoy the warmth of our home too. Before you need to call pest control, start with prevention. Here is a short vermin-proof guide designed to help you see things more clearly.

Start at the source. Inspect the outside of your home!

The first intervention consists in securing entry points that are easy to access. Inspect the outside of your home and seal all cracks and crevices with silicone caulk. It is important to pay special attention to areas where pipes enter the structure.

 Then, inspect your gutters. Remove all leaves and debris from your gutters to avoid stagnant water, which is the ideal breeding ground for many parasites. Protect your gutters with the Gutter Clean System leaf guard to prevent clogs. For more information, visit our website and contact one of our certified gutter installers.


 It is also important to address any mortar issues around the foundations and to replace window weatherstripping if damaged. These are easy ways to keep pests (and cold air) out of your home.

 Finally, store firewood at least 20 feet from the perimeter of your residence.


Insulation and ventilation: the key to being well protected

Start with the entrance. Check the weatherstripping at the bottom of your door. Additionally, make sure that there are no cracks around doors and windows as it is the ideal entry point for vermin.

 Subsequently, cover all openings to exterior areas such as the attic, chimneys, door mail slots or smaller doors for your pets.

Keep the basement and attic well ventilated and dry using a dehumidifier if necessary.


Following these tips will help reduce the likelihood of having to deal with pest problems later in the year. There is always a chance that a mouse can sneak in and find its way into your pantry though. If you suspect an infestation problem, contact a pest management professional right away in order to have the situation assessed and get the best recommendations!


  • Bob Villa
  • National Pest Management Association
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