The temperatures plummet, the grocery store shelves are empty of bread, eggs, and milk, and you’re ready to hunker down for a long winter. Although it may not seem like any pests can survive this weather, it’s certainly not time to let your guard down. While you seek shelter in the warmth and comfort of your home, you’re not the only one! An army of pests will stop at nothing to take part in the cozy atmosphere of your sanctuary, but your neighbors at Got Bugs won’t leave you without defense. Check out our best tips for keeping pests away all winter long.
Able to fit through openings as small as dime, rodents can easily find their way into your home through small cracks and holes. Typically hiding in dark, untouched areas like your attic or basement, these pesky creatures can spread diseases like Salmonella, putting your family at risk. They can also cause damage to your home by chewing through your electrical wires. To properly protect your home from rodents:
- Seal any small openings with steel wool or caulk
- Reduce clutter
- Keep your eye out for droppings, chew marks, and nesting materials.
- Store any firewood at least 20 ft away from your home to avoid giving rodents a place to nest
Eight-legged pests find their way into the comfort of your warm, inviting home. They prefer to hide in untouched areas of your home, so take the time to properly seal the belongings in your attic and basement in plastic bins with tight lids. Keep clutter to a minimum and vacuum frequently. Make your home less attractive to the bugs that spiders eat by minimizing indoor and outdoor light whenever possible.
Keeping cockroaches away boils down to keeping your home clean and properly storing your belongings. Cockroaches like to hide in clutter, so keep what you can off the floor and store the rest in plastic containers (roaches love cardboard boxes!) They are also attracted to excessive moisture, so regularly check for leaks in your pipes to keep roach activity to a minimum.
While ants are most active in the spring and summer, these pests are also looking for warmth and food in your home during the winter. While you can use baits and traps to eliminate ants, these are often ineffective and can allow more time for ants to invade your space. What's more, DIY methods are often used incorrectly, putting your pets and your family at risk. For quick and effective relief, call your local pest control company.
Trust a Professional
The simplest way to ensure you and your family live pest-free all winter is to get an inspection from a professional and have your home treated regularly for long-term relief. With our effective, eco-friendly treatments and satisfaction guarantee, our team at Got Bugs can help you defend your home against cold weather pests.