“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young” Henry Ford
Colder temperatures send pests, such as field mice, spiders, water bugs, and cockroaches – or palmetto bugs as they call them here in Florida, searching for food, water and shelter inside your homes. Mice are a common winter nuisance here in the south, and only need a space the size of a nickel to enter your home.
I remember as a child, my father putting steel wool around the pipe openings, or if he made a repair, in the opening before sealing that repair. It didn’t matter if there was no way anything could come into our home once the repair was made, as long as my mother felt secure, that is all that mattered. So to help you keep those unwanted house guests away here are some tips.
- Seal any cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including utility and pipe entrances.
- Seal the openings where a pipe comes into your home – under sinks etc. You can use that stuff that squirts into an opening then expands and hardens or you can use the old steel wool method.
- Put screens on vents and openings to chimneys. This will also keep birds, bats, raccoons and squirrels away.
- Replace loose mortar and weather-stripping around the basement foundation and windows, and at all entry doors. Helps with utility bills as well.
- Keep attics, basements if you have one, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
- If you store items in totes, make sure you tape up the holes. Those holes allow spiders, roaches and other assorted bugs to crawl into the tote and nest. You’ll usually find those holes in the handles or the carved out spaces for your hands to carry the tote. Yes, those holes are there for ventilation, but I for one do not like to be surprised with a spider nest when I go for something stored in the tote. I would rather seal it, than create a nesting place for bugs and mice. Been there! Done that!