Take Precautions Against a Variety of Pests This Winter
Eco Serve Pest Services shares information on common pests that invade homes during the colder months
When Old Man Winter arrives, some pests go into hibernation while others move indoors in search of food and warmth away from the impending snowy weather. We encourage homeowners to brush up on some tips to protect their home from a variety pesky invaders over the next few months.
“Many people are under the impression that pests don’t cause problems in the winter,” said Audrey Hall, President of Eco Serve Pest Services. “However, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, when it is cold and snowy outside, rodents, animals and small pests are forced to seek shelter in warm structures, which often include our homes.”
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) suggests following this simple pest prevention guide to avoid an infestation this winter.
Rats: Norway rats can fit through an opening as small as a quarter. To keep these rodents from sneaking into the home unnoticed, inspect the outside of the home for any gaps or cracks and fill them with silicone caulk and steel wool.
Mice: House mice are known to contaminate food, spread disease and cause property damage by chewing through drywall and wires. Homeowners should be aware of any scurrying sounds in walls and regularly inspect for signs of mice, such as droppings, gnaw marks and damaged food. Areas that are common for mice are basements and attics as they are often warm enough to survive but away from the immediate living space.
Spiders: Many types of spiders are found inside items, such as shoes, gloves and baseball mitts, that aren’t used as frequently as other things around the house. People should store these items inside plastic containers to prevent spiders from crawling inside.