14 Tips for Winter Pest Control

14 Tips for Winter Pest Control

Despite our best wishes, pests don’t just disappear when the weather gets cold. Winter pest control becomes critical to keeping your house protected during the season. Overwintering pests will make their way indoors to escape the cold and have access to a plentiful food supply. Common overwintering pests include roaches, spiders, and rodents.

Overwintering pests pose a threat to both you and your home. They can chew through wires and insulation, contaminate surfaces and food, spread diseases, and trigger allergies and asthma.

Help protect your home with these 14 tips for winter pest control:

  1. Seal any cracks, crevices, and holes on the exterior of your home.
  2. Seal around utility pipes that enter your home.
  3. Replace or repair weatherstripping and screens.
  4. Elevate your firewood and store it at least 20 feet from your home.
  5. Declutter, especially in the basement, garage, and attic.
  6. Repair any leaky pipes to reduce moisture.
  7. Keep gutters free of debris.
  8. Install doorsweeps.
  9. Install chimney vents.
  10. Keep attics, crawlspaces, and basements dry and ventilated. Consider crawlspace enclosure.
  11. Keep floors and counters clean daily.
  12. Dust, sweep, and vacuum regularly.
  13. Empty the trash regularly.
  14. Invest in routine pest control throughout the entire year.

If you have a problem with winter pests, contact your local pest control company for a complete evaluation and treatment plan.

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Are Spiders More Common In Winter?

It’s a common myth that spiders come into our homes to overwinter until spring. In actuality, they most likely were already there to begin with. These household pests are more active in fall and early winter for two main reasons: they are preparing winter and the upcoming scarcity of food and they are mating and in search of a partner to reproduce with.

House spiders take up residence in your home year-round. Spiders can be beneficial to have around as a form of natural pest control as they eat other insects (even other spiders) found around your house.

One exception to this is the brown recluse spider. They will seek warmth and food indoors in the winter by hiding out in dark, unused areas of your home. Brown recluses are identified by the distinct violin-shaped mark on their back. They will bite and are considered harmful to humans.

You can prevent spiders in your home by:

  • Checking your foundations for cracks and repairing them immediately.
  • Checking windows and doors each season. Repairing any cracks and check seals.
  • Decluttering, especially in basements, attics, closets, and pantries; this limits the places they can hide.
  • Vacuuming and dusting frequently, especially in rooms that are seldom used.
  • Checking any items before bringing them indoors, including pets, firewood, plants, boxes, decorations, etc.).
  • Investing in routine pest control. Eliminating other pests limits food sources for spiders, leaving them to search other places for a meal.

If you have an issue with spiders, contact your local pest control company for an inspection.

 

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The Effects of Wildlife Activity on Your Attic’s Insulation

The Effects of Wildlife Activity on Your Attic’s Insulation

Winter is nearing and that means it is time to make sure your attic doesn’t become a sanctuary for wildlife critters. The most common winter wildlife critters that you should keep an eye out for this winter are raccoons, squirrels, bats, and mice. They can all cause severe damage to your home and pose a significant threat to your health.

The most obvious way for wildlife to get into your attic is through vents and any gaps in your home’s exterior. Once inside, they can make their nest in your attic which results in ripped or destroyed insulation. They could also begin compromising the well-being of your attic from their urine or feces. This can make for a smelly home or become a hazard to your family’s health since animal waste can contain parasites or bacteria.

If you discover wildlife has taken over your attic, then it’s best to call in professional help to get them removed. If your insulation has been impacted, then it’s imperative to get it replaced as soon as possible. Insulation that has been removed or contaminated can lead to higher energy bills and no one wants that.

Reach out to your local wildlife control company to assist with the removal of these pests, so you can get back to enjoying your home this winter!

Don’t Forget About Winter Pest Control!

Don’t Forget About Winter Pest Control!

Contrary to popular belief, pests don’t just disappear when colder weather sets in. Overwintering pests are those that find a warm place to shelter during the winter, most often inside your home! Some household pests thrive year-round because the warmth, water, and food supply in your home allow them to survive even in the harshest weather conditions. Some common winter pests include rodents, roaches, spiders, and bed bugs. For this reason, it’s important that you don’t forget about winter pest control! Here are a few of our favorite winter pest control tips you can use to make your home pest-free.

  1. Seal cracks and crevices outside your home to keep pests from being able to get in, especially where pipes and utility lines come into the house.
  2. Replace any loose mortar.
  3. Replace weather stripping around doors and windows.
  4. Store firewood at least 20 feet from your home and elevate it if possible.
  5. Keep your home decluttered.
  6. Use plastic storage instead of cardboard when possible.
  7. Eliminate moisture and standing water in and around your home (leaky pipes, clogged drains).
  8. Use door sweeps.
  9. Repair or replace screens on windows and doors.
  10. Use chimney screens.
  11. Ventilate and keep attics, basements, and crawlspaces dry.
  12. Clean up any food and crumbs.
  13. Invest in routine pest control from a professional pest control company.

 

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Do I Need Termite Treatments in the Winter?

With termites being active 365 days a year, termite prevention is a year-round venture. Termite activity is typically more predictable in the winter months, so setting up termite treatments, especially bait stations, is ideal.

Termites in the south are more likely to discover strategically placed bait stations, like Sentricon® Always Active, year-round, but can also discover the bait stations in the winter.  This is because in warmer months, termites are more likely to travel further away from their nests to find food. Termites tend to stay closer to home in the cooler months, making it more likely for them to find termite bait instead of food.

How Does Sentricon® Work?

The first step to getting your bait stations in place is to have a property inspection. A technician will do an assessment of your property to determine the best placement locations for your bait stations. They will be able to evaluate the size of your property, age of the structure, and if any termites are currently active. The stations are then implanted into the ground with the top placed flush with the soil’s surface. The stations don’t need to be messed with and your technicians know when to check on them, making it something you don’t need to worry about.

If you are interested in getting year-round termite protection, be sure to reach out to your local pest control company to get started today!

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