As the warm weather winds down and winter settles in, most of us will breathe a sigh of relief that we survived another season of creepy crawlers. Don’t relax just yet! Just because the weather has turned colder doesn’t mean pests have hibernated for the winter. Many pests will make their way into your home in search of shelter, food, and warmth. Mice, cockroaches, and spiders can be found crawling underfoot in the wintertime. These overwintering pests aren’t just a nuisance to have in your home; they can cause significant damage to both your property and your health. Rodents are known to carry Salmonella and Hantavirus and can chew through cables and electrical wires, increasing the risk of fires. Some spiders like the brown recluse and the black widow have bites that can be a serious threat to humans. Cockroaches are known to trigger allergies and asthma. Winter brings ice, snow, and wind, causing enough stress on your home without the threat of pest infestations. So what can you do to reduce this stress and get rid of the last of these creepy crawlers? Check out these winter pest prevention tips to help you have a stress free winter.

  1. Inspect the exterior of your home for cracks and holes. Seal them to keep pests from easily accessing your home.
  2. Replace any loose mortar around foundations and weatherstripping around windows and doors. Repair or replace any damaged screens.
  3. Eliminate moisture by repairing leaky faucets and clearing clogged drains.
  4. Keep gutters clear of debris before the weather gets too cold. Consider installing gutter guards to eliminate the need to clean gutters.
  5. Keep attics, basements, and crawlspaces dry and well ventilated. Consider enclosing your crawlspace.
  6. Keep storage areas like basements, attics, and garages well organized. Use plastic storage containers rather than cardboard and store them off the floor.
  7. Screen your chimney vents.
  8. Store firewood at least 20 feet from your home and elevate it off the ground.
  9. Keep food, including pet food, in airtight containers and clean up crumbs and spills immediately.
  10. Call a professional pest control company to provide you with a thorough home inspection and set you up with a comprehensive treatment and prevention plan.

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