With the exception of rodents, we often think that pests will not be a problem over the winter months because it is generally believed that pests cannot stand the colder temperatures.  Winter is not a pest-free time of year. During this time, pests are looking for warm places to live with plenty of access to food and water. Many adult insects will hibernate inside the walls of your home and emerge in the spring with a vengeance.   

How to keep pests away during the winter months?

It is important to become familiar with preventative measures to protect your home from bed bugs.  Some helpful and effective prevention measures include the following techniques:

1. Seal all cracks and crevices in your home.

Make sure to seal off all access points bigger than a ¼ inch with wire screening as these pests can squeeze extremely small spaces.  It’s important to prevent entry as they can cause tremendous damage once inside the home including chewing through wiring and insulation.

2. Eliminate moisture sights in and around the home.

In addition to food, pests are attracted to moisture. Make sure there are no leaking pipes or excess moisture in your home.  Be sure to drain and properly store water hoses for the winter.

3. Screens.

Crawling pests such as mice, squirrels and raccoons can easily access chimneys.   Bats can also gain access through the chimney. Use wire screens on the chimney and attic openings to help keep unwanted pests from gaining access to your home.

4. Storage of food including pet food.

It’s a good idea to store your pantry items in plastic containers.  This helps to keep pests away. If you feed your pet dry food, you may want to invest in an airtight container to prevent pests from eating your pet’s dinner!

5. General clean up tips.

Pests can hide in bushes and gain entry via untrimmed branches. Keeping them well manicured will help limit their access.   Keep garbage in tightly sealed containers limiting access. Also, be sure to keep countertops, cooking surfaces and small appliances free of food crumbs to avoid attracting unwanted guests.  Get rid of clutter in your home. Rodents can hide in cluttered spaces like the basement and attic.

Conclusion

Preparing for all types of pests including insects and rodents will keep your home free of annoying visitors this winter. Keeping your home pest free during the winter season is absolutely possible.  Following the tips listed above can help you with this task.  

Sometimes it is necessary to hire professionals to take care of your pest control needs.  If you find this to be the case, Bug Guys Pest Control is a small and locally owned company with outstanding customer service reviews.  They offer free inspections and same day service. Give them a call today to discuss seasonal pest control.