Pest management doesn’t end when cold winter weather approaches. In fact, there are plenty of pests that can be more than just a nuisance during the winter—they can actually be harmful to your health. Rodents, bats, cockroaches and even bed bugs are still active throughout the winter and are actively looking to enter your home in search of warmth and shelter.
Read on to learn about effective winter pest control strategies to keep you and your family safe, as temperatures start to drop.
Pest-proof the exterior
Winter pest control needs to start at the home’s exterior. Pests can squeeze through the tiniest of cracks and crevices, especially when they’re looking for a warm home during the cold winter months. There are several steps to take to seal potential access points, including:
- Insulate exposed piping: If you have any exposed piping on your property, install insulation to give pests one less potential entry point into the house. Always use eco-friendly products, as the insulation will be exposed to the elements.
- Seal crevices: Look for any cracks or crevices on your home’s exterior surfaces, including the foundation. Even a tiny hairline crack is a potential way in, so take your time, and make sure you’ve made a tight seal.
- Check the insulation around your windows: If you notice your window insulation is looking the worse for wear, replace it to remove potential entry points for pests.
- Keep landscaping trimmed: Insects and critters use vines and shrubbery as a bridge to enter your home. Trim back any landscaping that’s too close to the house to eliminate these makeshift bridges and keep pests out.
- Check your chimney: Chimneys and vents need screens to keep pests from crawling in. If you don’t have any screens or if they’ve been damaged during the year, replace them before cold temperatures arrive.
Pest-proof your entry doors
People and pets aren’t the only ones who use doors to enter your home—they’re a common entry point for pests, too. When you’re prepping your home for winter weather, pest-proof all exterior doors, including sliding glass doors, to give pests one less way to get in. Make sure all insulation features are intact, repair damaged screen doors and consider adding a door sweeper to push debris—including small insects—back outside as you close the door.
Keep trash contained
Pests of all kinds, from rodents to insects, enter homes in search of food. Keep trash in closed cans or receptacles, and make sure to take out the trash frequently. In the same vein, keep all food in your home sealed in plastic containers to prevent rodents or insects from making your meals their own.
Keep a trusted pest control service on speed dial
Winter pests can be a problem. In particular, rodents and bats can bring diseases into your home, affecting the health of your entire family. Excellence Pest Control is your partner in pest management. We’re the team to have on your side through the winter and beyond, protecting your home from nuisance and harmful pests.