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Winter Pest Control 101

Winter Pest Control 101

When you think of pests, you probably think of the summertime. When the winter arrives, most pests go into hibernation or can’t survive the cooler temperatures (*cough* mosquitoes), but others flee from the cold by entering homes in search of warmth. It can be easy to overlook, but winter pest control is very important to maintain to keep your home and family safe. 

The most common pests that you can expect to find in and around your home during the winter are: 

Click on the links above to learn more about each type of winter pests and steps you can take to specifically prevent and manage them. 

For general winter pest control 101, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has a few tips to follow to prevent winter pests from getting access to your home. 

  • Seal all cracks and holes on the outside and inside of your home. Keep in mind that a mouse can access your home through a hole the size of a dime! 
  • Replace all loose weather stripping around the base of your home and windows. 
  • Make sure to store firewood at least 20 feet from your home. Mice, ants, and other wood-eating pests are attracted to wood and can gain access to your home if a pile is nearby. 
  • Make sure to screen all vents and openings to chimneys.
  • Remember to always store food in airtight containers and get rid of trash regularly.
  • After getting all of your decorations out of storage, make sure to unpack them outdoors to look for pests. 

It’s easy for people to overlook winter pest control, but it is important. If you need help ensuring that your home is pest-free and safe, reach out to our team here. We would be happy to help you tackle your pest problems.