The Best Ways to Pest-Proof Your Home this Winter

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As winter approaches and the weather cools down, the one noticeable change that is easy to notice is the disappearance of flying insects. No more mosquitoes, flies, or bees—Sounds great, right? But the lack of flying insects does not mean that there will be a lack of pests during the winter season. Furthermore, stay ahead of the game and pest-proof your home before it’s too late. 

Mosquitoes, flies, and bees are no longer buzzing around. But pests seeking shelter from the cold like mice, cockroaches, and spiders would be hanging in and around your crawl spaces. While having a warm cozy home is great for us, it’s also cozy for our unwanted friends. 

Attack of the Germs!

As most people are aware, insects and pests carry gross diseases. For example, rodents carry diseases such as Salmonella and Hantavirus. Not all but certain spiders can bite, leading to severe side effects from their venom. And cockroaches can trigger asthma and allergies in some people. 

For the homeowners looking to prevent winter pests from gaining access, here are a couple of tips to say “good-bye” and “good riddance” to those crawlers. 

#1: Seal Cracks & Holes

On the outside and inside of your home, be sure to seal the holes and cracks that are an entryway for rodents to get inside. Additionally, look for the pipes because a mouse can fit through a hole as small as a dime. 

#2: Firewood Storage

A stack of firewood in or near your home is aesthetically pleasing, but let’s face it, who knows what’s hidden in there. Storing firewood at least 20 feet from your home will ensure that the mice, ants, and other pests living in the wood don’t gain access to your home. 

#3: Clutter, Clutter, Clutter

Everyone has a different threshold of cleanliness, but try and keep your storage areas as well organized as possible. Having a clutter-free zone with store-boxes off the floor will minimize the chance of those pesky insects sneaking in. 

#4: No Moisture, No Problem

Eliminate all moisture sites! Call maintenance, a plumber, or whomever to unclogger your drains and patch the leaky pipes. Kitchens and bathrooms are particularly prone to moisture, understandably, but also more vulnerable to cockroach infestation. Get ahead of the curve and fix the moisture problem! 

#5: Chim Chimney

A beautiful fireplace is only as picturesque when they are clean and insect-free. Keep your chimneys vented and dry so that nothing creeps in. 

De-Pest and Protect Your Home

This winter season, pest-proof your home with our help. Contact us today to eliminate the unwanted pests in your home before the holidays come. Curious to learn more? Head over to our website.