Many people believe that once the temperatures drop, there’s no need to worry about pests anymore. However, this simply isn’t true. While some species do migrate south or bury themselves under ground for the winter, there are many that can still thrive in the cold.
In order to prevent pests in your home or office, there are several precautions you can take:
Indoor Tips for Pest Control in the Winter
One of the most popular causes of pest infestations is food, which is why it’s important to not leave food out. Whether it’s cookie crumbs on the floor or an open box of crackers, pests constantly search for accessible food. Make sure you clean up any food debris, take out your trash on a regular basis, and store your food in airtight containers off of the floor.
Pests also search for sources of water, so make sure there are no areas of standing water around your home. In addition, make sure you fix any leaky faucets or fixtures as quickly as possible.
Because pests are so small, they can easily enter your home or office through open cracks, crevices, and holes in your floors, walls, and ceilings. Before the winter sets in, do a thorough search around your building for any points of access and use a foam sealant to seal them up.
Outside Tips for Pest Control in the Winter
Even though pest infestations occur indoors, there are things you can do outside of your home or office to deter their presence. Pests can easily build their homes in leaves and debris, so during the fall, clean out your gutters on a regular basis and rake any fallen leaves on your property. Also be sure to trim back any tree limbs, bushes, and shrubs to help keep pests away from your building.
If you have a fireplace, invest in a cover for your firewood to help keep moisture out of it and store it at least 20 feet away from your home. In addition, if you have outdoor plants that you’re going to keep inside for the winter, hose them down before bringing them indoors to make sure you don’t bring in any pests.
If you do find yourself with a pest infestation, don’t hesitate to call our termite and pest control company. We’ll inspect your home or office and eliminate your problem as quickly as possible.