WKOW
Katie Priebe
October 31st, 2013

MADISON (WKOW) — You may decorate your porch with fake pests, bugs or rodents to give those trick-or-treaters a scare, but with the colder weather on the way, real ones are trying to get inside.

Local experts offer tips to make sure pests don’t get inside your home. You’ll want to focus on proofing the exterior of your home. You can keep rodents, beetles, stinging insects, flies and ants out where they belong this winter by sealing all cracks and gaps outside your house.

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If you find a gap, seal it off with sealant. Experts say you can’t forget about attics, basements and garages. Pet food should not be stored in the garage because it will attract bugs.

Also, keep your garage door shut especially 30 minutes before dusk and 30 minutes after dawn. Experts say that’s when rodents are more likely to be active.

Kevin Jeffrey, a manager at Wil-Kil Pest Control, says to watch out for rodents.

“If you think of a dime, mice can get inside that size of a hole and inside your house. They don’t have a bone structure like we have,” said Jeffrey. “They can get into small openings.”

Jeffrey recommends covering gaps with steel wool because mice can’t chew through it. He recommends adding screens to your vents.

Homeowners are not the only ones to watch out for winter pests. Apartment complex, duplex and commercial buildings need to take the same precautions.

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