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Temperatures have already begun to drop and winter will be here before we know it. While we spend a large amount of time getting ourselves ready for winter, ensuring our winter wardrobes are updated and preparing for the holidays, we often do not take the same care to prepare our homes. Winters can be extremely harsh in Worcester MA, and winterizing your house is as crucial as preparing yourself and your family. Not only will winterizing your home save you money on heating bills, but if done properly it can also prevent pests from taking shelter from the cold in your home.

There are many do-it-yourself guides to winterizing the home, but almost all of them agree on a few fundamental steps that should be taken. Make sure that there are no gaps in your doors or window framing. These are prime entry locations for pests, and they make it more expensive to keep your home warm. No one wants to pay to heat the outside, and when your home is not sealed properly that is essentially what you are doing. It is recommended that you seal cracks with caulking, repair frames, and repair or replace weather-stripping on doors.winter bug

It is also essential to make sure that your home has an adequate amount of insulation in the attic and around your pipes. At least 12 inches of insulation in the attic is recommended, in addition to ensuring all pipes that run through unheated areas are wrapped. You can insulate pipes with rubber sleeves, fiberglass insulation, even newspaper or plastic.

Taking these steps can save you money on your heating bills as well as make your home a less desirable hideout for pests.  If you’re concerned that you have insects or rodents in your home or place of business, call Dave’s Pest Control at 1-800-400-6009.

For more information on winterizing your home, here are some other do-it-yourself guides!

http://realestate.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=13107899

http://www.worcesterma.gov/emergency-communications/emergency-management/worcester-hazards/winter-weather