How to Winter Pest-Proof Your Home

January 6, 2019

As the weather is cooling down and the days are getting shorter, many people rejoice because their days of dealing with annoying pests are numbered…right? Actually, this is a pretty common myth and isn’t necessarily true. It turns out that most pests that are active during the spring, summer, and fall are also active in the winter months. But, just like you, they are trying to find shelter from the elements that are outdoors and, unfortunately, there are places that are perfect for them to reside in – the warm homes of unsuspecting property owners.

But, there is good news. Just like with the other seasons, there are things you can do before, during, and after the winter to prevent pests from entering your home. Winter pest proofing is a way to do that and more. With a couple of tasks and some elbow grease, you can keep the warmth in, but the pests out. Remember – you have to do everything you can to prevent these pests from entering your home because it can be difficult to kick them out once they have moved in. Check out our list to find out how you can pest-proof your home this winter.

How to Winter Pest-Proof Your Home

There are dozens of ways you can prevent pests from entering your home this winter. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most effective things you can do below.

Insulate exposed piping

Pests can be really tiny. So tiny, in fact, that if they find any sort of exposed crevice, they will take advance of it and tell all of their annoying friends to join them in your home. The best way to stop this party before it starts is to insulate your exposed piping so they can’t find a way to enter your home in the first place. We recommend using environmentally-friendly products so you can protect your home and the environment at the same time.

Check roof and gutters

In that same vein, make sure that your roof and gutters are also free of cracks and crevices. These are great places for pests and rodents to crawl into a hideout in until the warmer months come along. If need be, don’t be afraid to call in professional reinforcements to do that job for you. Sure, it will cost you some money, but it will save you even more in the long run.

Inspect and exclude rodent access points

While you’re inspecting for pests entry points, but forget about doing the same thing for rodents. Rodents, like mice and rats, can do just as much damage to a home as insects, so it’s important to watch out for them too. Rodents are pretty sneaky, so do some research on where they can burrow and ensure that you exclude those access points.

Here are other ways you can protect your home through winter pest-proofing:

Install weatherstripping on doors and windows

Conduct cold weather dewebbing and dust applications

Apply liquid spot treatments as needed

Caulk and seal any gaps to prevent pest entry

Test the heating system and change filters

During the winter, your house is your safe haven from the cold, and sometimes harsh environments. Don’t let pests take away from the enjoyment you home can provide you. And, of course, if you’ve noticed annoying pests in and around your property, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. With our top-notch service and state of the art technology, pests don’t stand a chance.

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