Common Winter Pests & How To Prevent Them

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It is never too soon to prepare your home for winter pests. While many believe that pests are mostly dormant during winter months, this is far from true. That’s right, your home is still at risk of an infestation during the winter season. Most pests go into hibernation during this season, and while some prefer to seek shelter under rocks or in the ground, many prefer to make their way inside homes. Because of this, knowing what pests commonly invade homes in the winter, and how to get rid of them, is incredibly important.

Common Winter Pests

There is no shortage of pests that want to seek food, shelter, and water inside of homes during winter. Our homes provide a safe place for them to remain dormant while they wait for the weather to warm up again.

Below are some of the most common winter pests:

  • Rats
  • Mice
  • Spiders
  • Cockroaches
  • Moths
  • Carpenter ants
  • Termites
  • Silverfish

An infestation of any of the pests listed above can seriously impact the health and safety of your home. From spreading illnesses to contaminating food to damaging your property, winter pests are just about the last thing you want to deal with.

How to Protect Your Home against Winter Pests

The most important thing to do to protect your home against pests this winter is to schedule professional pest control. Pest control experts know how to identify common pest entry points and treat your home effectively to discourage any pest activity. Additionally, they have access to professional-grade products that can both eliminate existing pest infestations and prevent future invasions from taking place.

In addition to scheduling professional pest control, there are a number of things you can do to protect your home against winter pests. These include:

  • Keeping your floors and counters clean
  • Doing the dishes every night before bed
  • Taking your trash out regularly
  • Never leaving pet food out overnight
  • Keeping your trashcans sealed
  • Vacuuming any spider webs you come across
  • Storing all food in airtight containers
  • Eliminating areas of clutter
  • Sealing any cracks or gaps along your foundation
  • Repairing plumbing leaks early on
  • Repairing roof holes
  • Repairing holes in your window and door screens

How to Prevent Christmas Tree Pests

It is hard to beat the smell of a freshly cut evergreen tree during the holiday season. But did you know that you could be inviting spiders, beetles, mites, and aphids into your home when you bring in that freshly cut tree?

Here’s how we recommend preventing holiday pests:

  • Ensure that all spiders and insects are dislodged by shaking the tree thoroughly
  • Look for egg cases on the branches and remove them
  • Look for bird nests and remove them, since they may contain mites

You should also avoid spraying your tree with pesticides using aerosols. Aerosols are highly flammable, so they could be more harmful than good. A lack of food usually leads to insects dying within days and they can be vacuumed up once they fall from the tree.

Don't forget to check potpourri or dried flowers that are used in holiday decorations. All those leftovers and goodies need to be tightly sealed to prevent roaches and rodents from enjoying them! Take out your trash at least once a day.

Call Frame’s Pest Control, Inc. Today

Backed by years of service excellence, no one does pest control quite like Frame’s Pest Control, Inc. Our experienced professionals are skilled in locating, identifying, and treating all types of pests as well as preventing pests from entering your property in the first place. Whether you want to schedule your next preventative treatment or you have an infestation that needs to be treated right away, we’ve got you covered!

Not sure what your home needs? Let us help.