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With even colder weather well on its way, fall is the time to prepare your home for winter's icy blasts. Check out these 3 tips to help you get ready!

1. Inspect Your Home's Exterior

Have your roof inspected now, before it's covered with snow and ice. Missing or damaged shingles allow melting snow easy entry into your house. Also, inspect the rest of your home's exterior and take care of any necessary repairs. Damaged areas will only get worse as the weather worsens.

While you're inspecting your home's exterior for damage, keep an eye out for any damaged branches or branches that hang too close to your house. Even if they clear the siding and roof now, that might not be the case come middle of winter. A storm's winds could cause them to scrape and rub against your home, damaging it in the process.

2. Prevent Wild Critters from Taking Up Residence

Power lines allow easy access to your home to critters looking for snug shelter against stormy winter blasts. Blocking their access now is a good idea, otherwise you could end up sharing your home with squirrels, possums, rats, or other equally undesirable tenants!

At Critter Guard, our Line Guard and Pole Guard products are extremely effective deterrents against squirrels and other pests that might use utility lines to access your home. Our Line Guard and Pole Guard systems don't harm the little critters, the rollers and rotating jump-barriers simply frustrate their efforts to access your cozy attic.

3. Prepare for Power Outages

Heavy snow, ice storms, high winds, and wildlife can all cause winter power outages. It's a good idea to prepare now before the freezing temperatures hit. Collect supplies for your emergency kit and then stash the kit where you can easily find it when the lights go out. You might also consider getting a back-up generator for power in an emergency. Just remember to practice carbon monoxide safety if you do!

While there's not much you can do about the weather, you can do something about pesky critters like squirrels who frequently cause power outages. If you haven't installed Critter Guard's pest prevention products yet, now is the time! For more information about how our products can prevent power outages in your area, contact us today!