Exterminators: Cold weather could attract animals to your home
MACON, Ga. -- The sudden cold weather means that it's not just people that are trying to stay warm. Animals, including unwanted pests, are also trying to find relief from the cold.
With the winter weather, mothers like Melanie Bruner of Macon want to make sure that animals are staying outside her home.
"Don't want to hear that scratching and scurrying in the middle of the night and want to make sure that of course there aren't any pests to leave unwanted substances I wouldn't want in my home," said Bruner.
Brandon Grizzle with Arrow Exterminators said that winter is peak season for pest control. He has some suggestions on what homeowners can do to keep unwanted pests out.
"Just to make sure that all the utility entry points would be sealed up, keep an eye on the crawlspace vents, something that's close to the structure," suggested Grizzle.
Homeowners can also look at the areas where plants are trees are close to their homes.
"A lot of times the trees and things close to the structure would allow them access to the gutter line," said Grizzle.
If a homeowner sees twigs that have been pulled into open spaces, Grizzle said that indicates that some type of pest activity has been taking place.
Bruner said she's looking out for her children's health and safety too as temperatures drop, by not coming into contact with any pests that may be around her home.
Exterminators say it's worth checking the outside of a home now before the cold forces animals to attempt to get in.