Keep the Pests Out and the Warmth In

With the icy commutes, snow days, and the hustle and bustle of holidays, winter in New England is a busy time! But hopefully in between all the shoveling (and shivering) you have time to squeeze in some pest control. We don’t tend to see flying insects in the winter months, so many people put pest control on the back burner. But the colder months are ripe for other types of pest infestations, as rodents, spiders, cockroaches, and other creepy-crawlers will be searching for shelter indoors. Follow our tips if you want to practice pest control in the winter!

Pest Control in the Winter

These tips may help to prevent pests from gaining access to your home:

  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home to help prevent rodents from getting inside. Be sure to check the areas where utilities and pipes enter the home. A mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home. Mice and ants can make their nests in wood piles and easily gain access to your home if the pile is nearby.
  • Rodents can hide in clutter, so keep storage areas well organized, and store boxes off of the floor.
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains. Extra attention should be paid to kitchens and bathrooms as these areas are particularly vulnerable to cockroach infestations.
  • Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens in windows.
  • Screen vents to chimneys. Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.

Don’t overlook pest control in the winter… your home and your family will thank you! If you suspect you have an infestation, feel free to give us a call. We’ll keep the winter pests outdoors so you can focus on staying warm and cozy!

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