You may think winter is a slow time for pests, but it is prime time for all sorts of critters to make their way into your home. During the cold winter months, you need to watch out for winter wanderers looking to make your home their refuge from dropping temperatures. Be sure to be on the lookout for these winter pests so they are not cuddling up with you in the cold.
Common Winter Pests
From mammals to insects, there are a variety of different creatures that could make your house their home this winter. Here is a list of what you should be looking out for:
- Mice and rats will seek shelter and warmth during the winter and can fit through incredibly small openings.
- Squirrels like to frequent attics and chimneys to make their nests.
- Birds and bats will come into your home through any exterior opening, even a briefly open door or window.
- Cockroaches can hitchhike in on groceries, cardboard boxes, and other items.
- Fleas will hitch a ride into your home on your pets.
- Bed bugs can come into your home in luggage after traveling, new furniture, bedding, boxes and even clothing.
- Some moths are attracted to wool, fur and upholstered furniture. Others can come in on infested foods.
- Spiders like to hide in areas of your home that are seldom used and can sneak in through the tiniest of cracks.
Preventing Pests from Entering your Home
There are many small home maintenance projects you can tackle to prevent these pests from entering your home:
- Eliminate small entry points such as cracks and holes.
- Replace damaged roof tiles.
- Keep attics and garages clean and clutter-free.
- Store items in plastic containers rather than cardboard boxes.
- Install chimney caps.
- Cover air vents with wire mesh.
- Store food in airtight containers and don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink.
- Empty your trash regularly and make sure lids are secure.
- Seal holes around pipes using caulk or expanding foam.
- Keep branches and shrubbery trimmed away from the house.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home.
- Don’t leave pet food out overnight.
- Replace weather stripping on windows and doors.
- Clean your gutters.
- Keep your pets clean and up to date on flea preventative.
- Vacuum and wash bedding frequently.
- Store clothing and linens in sealed bags.
Watch out for winter wanderers, but if you find yourself with pests in your home, be sure to contact us and we’ll help you find the best solution to your problem.