Snowball Pest Control
Snowball Pest Control
4634 Mary Ingles Hwy 3
Highland HeightsKY 41076
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Take these Steps to Winterize Your Home and Keep out Pests

Take these Steps to Winterize Your Home and Keep out Pests

The pitter patter of tiny feet in the attic or mysterious scratching in your walls may have you wondering if your house is haunted, but there is a more likely cause than spirits wandering in the night. Mice and other rodents often seek shelter in your home when the weather cools outside. Getting rid of them once they have set up residence can be a challenge. That's why you need to winterize your home against these pint-sized invaders before the cold weather strikes.

Winter Pests Are Not Limited to Rodents

There are a number of other creatures that like to spend winter in your warm, cozy home. Some common winter freeloaders include:

  • Insects: These range from the annual lady bug invasion to a variety of creepy crawly insects, like termites, that seek shelter in the cracks and crevice of you home. When they make their way inside your home, they will happily set up housekeeping and carry on as though they owned the place.

  • Spiders: Spiders are common household pests that live in cracks and crevices inside the home and come out for dinner every day. Because spiders dine on insects, keeping insects at bay will reduce the likelihood of spiders in your home.

  • Rodents: Rats, mice and squirrels make a comfy nest inside your walls or nestle into the insulation in your attic. These pesky pests breed quickly and spread nasty germs wherever they go.

  • Small Mammals: Small mammals, like raccoons, also seek shelter in the winter. Leaving them access to your home is an open invitation to overwinter in your attic or crawl spaces.

Keep rodents out during winter

Winterizing Your Home Against Winter Pests

Keeping pests out of your home during the winter requires some thought and preparation, preferably in late summer or fall before the invasion begins. This means taking measures to block access to the home and making the interior unattractive as a winter residence. Follow these tips for winterizing your home and avoiding winter pests.

Outside the Home

  • Remove debris around the home. This includes wood piles, old leaves and any other items that provide shelter for small animals and insects. If you store wood for the fire outside, place the pile at least 20 feet from the house.

  • Seal Windows and Doors. Use weather stripping to seal all cracks around windows and doors to prevent insects from crawling into the home.

  • Seal Cracks and Crevices: Check your eaves and entrances to crawl spaces for cracks and seal them. Mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a pencil to gain access to your home.

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Inside the Home

  • Keep food in airtight containers. Leaving food out, especially during the night, provides a feast for mice and other pests.

  • Eliminate Water Sources: Check your home for water leaks around pipes, as the added moisture provides pests with a source of water. Without water, they cannot survive and will likely move on to another winter haven.

  • Sweep and Mop Frequently: Keeping your floors free of crumbs and any sweet residue from beverages will deter pests.

Bed bug infestations may reach their peak during the winter months. If this happens, call in the pest control experts at Snowball Pest Control for a bed bug extermination. We can also advise you of any other potential pest problems.