When it gets cold outside, pests tend to not be as active. In fact, you’re a lot less likely to see insect or rodent activity when it gets cold outside. Typically, homeowners tend to live by “out of sight, out of mind,” however, when it comes to defending our homes against pest problems, we don’t want to stop taking pest control precautions. There’s plenty you can do during winter to prevent spring pest issues from occurring! Discover our best tips to prevent spring pest problems with our winter pest control tips.
Inspect your Property
It’s always a good idea to routinely inspect your property. At Healthy Home Termite & Pest Control, we urge you to walk around your home on warmer days and note any signs of wear and tear. Take a look at the condition of your walls, roof, and landscaping to see if there are any areas of concern. You may notice holes, scratches, or rodent droppings, which could be some signs of a pest problem. It’s important to take action to repair these areas and prevent the pests from damaging your home again.
Trim Tree Branches
Trees make the perfect pathway to your home, whether it is through your gutters, windows, roof, or chimney. The wintertime is the perfect opportunity to trim back tree branches that are swooping over your roof since they are bare. While you’re at it, trim back shrubs away from your home to prevent pests from getting into your house.
Cover your Chimney with a Screen
Chimneys and stove pipes make the perfect entryway into your home. Place screens on your vents and chimneys to stop pests from entering your home this spring.
Reduce Clutter in your Garage and Basement
Don’t wait until spring for your annual spring cleaning! Pests love clutter because they can travel around without being noticed. If you have old boxes in your basement or your garage is disorganized, take steps to reduce the clutter and reduce the changes of pests invading your home.
Keep Firewood Away from the Home
During the winter, you may find yourself using your wood burning fireplace more often. If you are storing firewood, be sure that it is placed away from your home. Ants, mice, spiders, and other pests can bury inside of the wood to keep warm. In the spring, you could find that these pests have found their way into your home!
Contact the Experts at Healthy Home Termite & Pest Control
Keeping pest control top of mind during the winter months is important to protecting your home from pests and rodents this spring! In fact, winter is the perfect time to identify and eliminate pests, so you can have a happy and healthy home all year. If you suspect you have a pest problem, or would like more tips on winter pest control, contact the experts at Healthy Home Termite and Pest Control. We’ll help you put a plan in place to keep your home pest-free year-round.