When winter comes, we tend to spend more time in our homes. They provide a cozy place to get out of the elements, but there’s a downside to this warm, welcoming atmosphere – it’s just as appealing to pests as it is to us. With winter right around the corner, it’s more important than ever to keep these uninvited guests out. Need a few tips? Find out more about winter pest protection from Horizon Pest Control.
Which Pests Come Inside During the Winter Months?
It’s important not only to understand which pests are most common during the colder months, but also how they get inside. Just a few of the most common include:
- House mice: Each winter, house mice invade about 21 million homes in the U.S. alone. These agile pests can squeeze through an opening no larger than a dime, and once inside, they reproduce quickly, cause damage, and bring the risk of disease and contamination.
- Norway rats: While slightly larger than house mice, these rats can still easily sneak inside. They’re also excellent climbers and burrowers, building nests in basements, crawl spaces, and other hard-to-reach areas.
- German cockroaches: These insects hitch rides in bags, appliances, and other items brought inside the home. You’re likely to spot them in small, moist spaces near a food source, such as your kitchen.
- Brown recluse spiders: The brown recluse spider doesn’t like contact with humans, but that won’t stop them from coming inside. They often make a home in dark corners, closets, and even the pockets of clothing.
- Raccoons: Raccoons are less common home invaders, but when they do come in, they tend to have a negative impact. They enter via damaged areas and openings like your chimney, then raise their families and wreak havoc, usually in the home’s attic.
These are just a few of the pests that will find your home inviting during the wintertime. In general, any insect, bird, or animal that prefers a warm, dry home will find yours very appealing.
What Are the Risks?
It’s critical to keep pests out of your home to avoid serious health risks, such as complications from food contamination, rat-bite fever, and rabies. Additionally, spider and insect bites can prove itchy, painful, and even dangerous due to potentially poisonous venom.
Pests also tend to create property damage, which only gets worse over time. From chewing through electrical components and soft materials to burrowing through your foundation or roof, even small pests are a big problem.
What Makes My Home Inviting to Pests and What Can I Do About It?
Pests don’t respect boundaries, so homeowners need to be proactive. When it comes to winter pest protection, it’s best to follow these guidelines:
- Make sure your sink, kitchen counters, and floors are clear of food and waste
- Keep your home free of debris where pests can nest or feed
- Dust low-traffic areas
- Cover up cracks, gaps, and holes leading into your home with the proper materials
- Check underneath exterior doors for gaps that pests can exploit
- Eliminate vegetation growing on or near your home that can be used for climbing, nesting, or food
Keep Your Home Pest-Free This Winter
Don’t let unwelcome guests make themselves at home in your house this winter. Stay one step ahead of these pesky invaders with residential pest control solutions from Horizon Pest Control. We’ve served Northern New Jersey since 1970, building a reputation for expert pest elimination and outstanding customer service. To learn more, call 888-612-2847 or request a free quote online.