As the leaves fall and temperatures drop, many pests seek shelter and warmth indoors during the winter months. While you may associate pest problems more with spring and summer, it’s essential to remain vigilant in the colder seasons too. In this November blog, Innovative Pest Management shines a spotlight on the winter pests that could potentially invade your home this season, and how to protect your property.
The Winter Pest Lineup
Mice and Rats
These sneaky rodents are experts at finding their way into homes through tiny openings. Once inside, they can cause structural damage, contaminate food, and spread diseases. Winter is a peak time for infestations as rodents seek refuge from the cold. Luckily, winter rodent infestations are something we can tackle here at Innovative Pest Management.
Cockroaches are survivors, and they thrive in warm, dark environments—like your cozy home during winter. They can carry diseases and trigger allergies, making them unwelcome guests.
While most spiders are harmless, some species can be a nuisance during winter. They enter homes in search of prey, and if you’re not careful, you might find yourself sharing your living space with these eight-legged critters. Common winter house spiders to keep an eye on include the Brown Recluse and the Wolf Spider.
Preventing Winter Pest Infestations
Seal Entry Points: Inspect your home for cracks, gaps, and holes in walls, doors, and windows. Seal them to prevent pests from sneaking in.
Keep It Clean: Maintain a clean and clutter-free home. Regularly clean up crumbs, food residue, and remove clutter where pests might hide.
Proper Storage: Store firewood, outdoor equipment, and pet food in airtight containers away from your home’s foundation.
Regular Inspections: Schedule regular pest inspections with Innovative Pest Management to catch issues early and implement preventative measures.
Winterize Your Yard: Trim tree branches and shrubs away from your home to eliminate potential entry points.
Don’t let pests ruin your winter wonderland. Stay proactive in pest prevention, and if you suspect an infestation, don’t hesitate to contact Innovative Pest Management. Our experts are equipped to identify, treat, and prevent winter pest problems, ensuring your home stays warm, safe, and pest-free throughout the colder months.