5 Easy Tips for Winter Pest Control

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Pest-Free Winter: Our Top 5 Tips For Easy Winter Pest Control

Controlling pests during the wintertime doesn’t have to be time consuming, complicated, or expensive. By following these quick and simple tips, you’ll keep your home pest free all winter long. Plus, if you’re proactive with your pest and rodent control in the winter months, you’ll have less pest problems in the spring and summer. Coupled with professional pest control services, these 5 tips are the best way to enjoy a pest-free home.

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1. Winterize Your Home And Keep It Clean

Rodents like mice and rats are more likely to invade your home in search of something to eat during the winter months. Tidy up your kitchen and ensure that food is stored in sealed containers to keep cockroaches away. Remember that damp wood serves as a food source for pests like termites, so be sure to take care of moisture control, too. Here are some cleaning tips, because it’s never too early to get a head start on spring cleaning.

 

2. Seal Openings To Help With Pest and Rodent Control

Winterizing your home can go a long way towards keeping out pests. Plus, you’ll cut down on your energy bill by eliminating points of entry for cold air. Take the time to go around the outside of your home and check for openings around windows and doors. Seal up any cracks or gaps that are larger than a quarter of an inch. Small pests like cockroaches and larger rodents like mice and rats can fit through very small spaces.

 

3. Pay Attention to Moisture Levels To Avoid Termites
Pests need water just like we do, which is why so many pests are drawn to wet areas. If your garage, basement, or attic is moist, you’re more likely to end up with termites there. Consider adding a dehumidifier to these areas if moisture is an issue and be proactive with professional termite control solutions. If there’s a leak of some kind that’s resulting in standing water, you’ll likely need to deal with the source of the problem. 

 

4. Choose The Right Firewood Storage Location

Bugs and rodents love to make their homes in a pile of firewood. Although it’s common practice to stack firewood right up against the outside of your house, this isn’t a good idea: it’s a surefire way to invite termites into your home. Keep your firewood stored away from your home and inspect it before you bring any pieces inside, and you’ll be far less likely to encounter pest problems. Learn more firewood storage ideas for home winterization.

 

5. Check For Pests Before Bringing Anything Inside

Do you use a shed, garage, or any other type of storage unit?  If so, it’s important to inspect any objects for pests before bringing them inside. Shake out bags and inspect containers for bugs before you carry them into your home. Check out more tips on storing holiday decorations so they can last until next year and minimize your chances of an infestation. 

 

When To Call The Professionals

These 5 tips can go a long way towards preventing wintertime pests. But what if you already have a pest issue on your hands? Don’t worry: Home Pest Control is here to help! Read all about our wide range of services here and contact us to schedule service!

In the meantime, check out our “Home Winterization Checklist” for everything you need to know about taking care of your home in the winter.

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January 5, 2021


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