Tuesday, January 21, 2014

7 Tips For Winterizing Your Florida Home

Homeowners in Florida face different problems than in other parts of the country.  With the long span of warm temperatures, high humidity and high level of tourist traffic, Florida is a virtual Mecca for North American insects.  Not only that but many invasive species have started calling the Sunshine State their home.  Because of this, homeowners need to take special care when preparing their home for the winter.  During the winter, bugs which are usually outside like to come indoors to stay warm, have a reliable food source, and multiply.  Here are 10 handy tips to keep your home bug-free this winter:

1. Caulk - Caulk - Caulk

Replacing the caulk in your windows (inside and out) in late September every year is a great way to secure your home's barrier to the outdoors.  When properly applied, caulking will keep most pests outside and you may notice a nice drop in your energy bill as costly drafts are prevented.

2. Weather Stripping

The base of your exterior doorways can act as a superhighway for pests.  A simple bit of weather stripping goes a long way at stopping bugs in their tracks.

3. Rake It Up

Every time you trim the hedges or cut the grass you make edible vegetation readily available to herbivorous insects.  Before winter take the time to rake this debris away from the foundation of your home.  It is a great way to not attract these pests.

4. Great Stuff

As foundations shift and settle small cracks or gaps may develop.  Inspect the perimeter of your home and fill in any holes with the spray-foam insulation from DOW Chemical commonly known as "Great Stuff." They also carry a line called "Pestblock" which is specifically designed to keep bugs OUT.

5. Pipe Gaps

There are a few key areas where pipes enter your home from the outside.  Most homeowners have at least one water main which hooks to their local utility.  Check around the entry for any gaps or holes which need to be sealed.  These can be in your siding or in the walls themselves.

6. Cap The Stack

The chimney, or smokestack, of your home is an inviting opening into your home.  Be sure to use a special chimney screen at the top to keep out rodents and other critters.  It is extremely common for rodents to get into the home through this method. No one wants a burning mouse in their chimney.

7. Feed The Roots

Winterizing your lawn to keep it healthy during its dormant months is also an important part of routine annual maintenance.  Using a fertilizer with a high level of potassium will stimulate root and rhizome growth.  This thick thatch is important to help drive out lawn-dwelling insects that take advantage of weak root systems.

We love to share with fellow homeowners around the nation.  Remember, we're all in this together.  Better houses means a stronger housing market which leads to a strong economy.  Do you have your own winterizing tips and tricks? Share them in the comments below!

"This article was written in cooperation with Safari Termite Pest Control. Learn more about them on the web or on Facebook."


VickeC said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I don't live in Florida but I do have a house in Tennessee,,where we do get a bit of cold weather but nothing like my house in Vermont does,,so we have to winterize each one differently,some good tips you posted

Sandra VanHoey said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great tips and now that I am in Florida, we definitely need to follow the caulking like you mentioned. This home needs it in many places. We also need to fertilize like you mentioned and will look for the high potassium. That I didn't know so glad you shared this post

Janet W. said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

These are all wonderful tips. I'm in GA but a lot of these tips apply to our home since we have similar weather.

Pixystik4U said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

definitely watch the pipes!

Tracie Trump said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love all these tips especially the ones about chaulking!

Karen Glatt said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I do tons of caulking on my house and it really helps, and making sure the door sweeps have a tight seal keeps out pests. And keeping the yard clean helps too. These are all good tips!

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