The temperature is already dropping and the winter season will be here before we know it. Many people deal with pest control problems in the summer when you are spending a lot of your time outside. However, it is important to remember that pests can cause problems in your home during the winter season as well. Just as we enjoy staying inside by the fire during the colder months, pests may want to join you in your home to keep warm. Here are a few tips on how to control pests in and around your home during the winter season.
The mosquitoes and bees are gone for the winter, but other pests including mice, spiders, and cockroaches may be trying to find warmth inside of your home. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), follow these steps in order to rid your home of winter pests:
- Seal Cracks & Holes: Check around your home for cracks and holes that would allow rodents to get inside, especially the areas where utilities and pipes enter your home.
- Store Firewood Properly: Firewood should be stored at least 20 feet away from your home. Rodents and pests, such as mice and ants, often make their nests in wood piles and have easier access to your home if the pile is nearby.
- De-clutter: Keeping storage areas cleared or organized can help prevent rodents from hiding in clutter. It is also important to keep boxes off of the floor, when possible.
- Keep your Home Well Ventilated: Be sure to screen vents to chimneys, and keep attics, basements, and crawl spaces well ventilated and, most importantly, dry.
- Replace Loose Mortar & Weather Stripping: Inspect the mortar and weather stripping around your basement foundation and windows and replace it, if needed.
- Eliminate Moisture: It is important to eliminate places that hold moisture, including leaking pipes and clogged drains, as these places are vulnerable to cockroach infestation. Critical areas to check include your kitchen and bathrooms.
Follow these simple tips to help lower your risk of pest infestation during the winter season. If you suspect an infestation in your home, call IPM Pest Management today to speak to a professional and schedule an appointment.