Pests can find their way into your home may ways. As temperatures drop this fall, it’s time to stop them in their tracks when they seek warm shelter. Doors and windows are the easiest ways for pests to enter your home. Weather stripping helps prevent smells, heat and light from attracting pests and it helps keep pesky critters from entering through spaces around them.
Weather stripping comes in a variety of forms: tape, v-seals, gaskets, and sweeps. Install weather stripping around exterior doors, and doors to unfinished areas like a garage or attic. It’s also important to add weather stripping or sealant to windows.
Sometimes, it may not be necessary to install weather stripping in every single door and window in your home. There are a few ways to determine whether the entry point needs the weather stripping. When the weather cools down outdoors, if the window frame is cool to the touch from indoors, it most likely needs weather stripping. The same goes if the window rattles or makes any noise with the wind.
To test your doors, light is the answer! If light comes through the cracks around your door, it needs weather stripping. A test for this is to shine a flashlight around the frame when it is dark and have someone stand on the other side to see if any light comes through. If light can come through, pests can too. Weather stripping is key to keeping pests out of your home and it has added benefits. It can improve the insulation of your home, keeping you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. This will save you money on electricity, too. Take a walk around your house every spring and fall to inspect your weather stripping. You’ll be glad you did.