Winter brings with it cold weather, warm fires, and in some places even snow. Most of us look forward to a break from the nuisance pests that come out in warmer weather like flies, mosquitoes, and bees; but the winter season doesn’t mean that ALL of these pests disappear – in fact, spiders, mice, and cockroaches are the most common pests we see in our homes in the winter months. These pests stay active during the colder weather and make their way indoors in search of food, warmth, and shelter. Other pests will come into our homes to overwinter until the warmer weather when they will make their way outdoors again, including ladybugs and box elders. Prevention is key to keeping these pests at bay and out of your home this winter. Check out these tips for winter pest prevention.
- Inspect the outside of your home and seal any cracks or holes, especially around utility pipes.
- Inspect wires, insulation, and walls for signs of gnawing or chewing.
- Replace weatherstripping around windows and doors.
- Repair or replace screens on windows and doors.
- Replace loose mortar around foundations.
- Use screen vents or caps on chimneys.
- Sweep down cobwebs as soon as they appear.
- Keep your storage areas well organized and dusted and keep storage boxes off the floor.
- Use plastic storage bins instead of cardboard.
- Keep attics, crawlspaces, and basements well ventilated and dry.
- Remove moisture by repairing leaky pipes and clogged drains.
- Keep food, including pet food, in airtight containers.
- Dispose of garbage regularly and keep trash bins tightly closed.
- Don’t leave pet food and water out overnight.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet from your home and elevate it off the ground.
- Trim branches back at least 8 to 10 feet from your roof.
If you suspect you have a winter pest problem or if you just want to get a head start on pest-proofing your home this winter, contact a licensed pest control professional who can provide you with a thorough inspection and ongoing treatment and prevention plan.