As the temperatures start to drop you’re not the only one trying to keep warm.  When it gets cold outside, insects, rodents, and other unpleasant or unsanitary beasts want to come into your home to find warmth, these pesky pests don’t have any respect for the fact that it’s your home rather than their refuge.

Sure many people find spiders, roaches and rodents “gross”, but their presence is more than just a trigger for your arachnophobia.  It’s also a health issue. Most common household pests spread disease through their excrement and cause severe allergies with their dander or shed skin. Some others, such as termites, are capable of devouring your home from the inside out and making it uninhabitable. Therefore, it’s of the utmost importance to discourage pests before they become a problem.

 

Preventing these pests is actually quite simple as long as you prepare properly. Here are some tips for preparing your home for fall and winter pests:

  1. Screen off any large holes or openings, paying special attention to areas like attic fans and the chimney.
  2. Get rid of moisture accumulation like leaky pipes, clogged drains and cracks. Pay special attention to the remote corners of the home to make sure they stay dry. If dampness or water gets into basements (if you have one) or attics, the moisture may lure pests.
  3. Seal all cracks and holes throughout the home, including the outside of the house. Even very small cracks are big enough for pests to squeeze through, and it’s important that they have no point of entry. Remember, any nook or cranny that can be invaded will be invaded.
  4. Keep firewood away from the home. Pests often nest in stacks of firewood since it provides an area of shelter and warmth. The closer the firewood is to the home, the more likely it is that the pests nesting in it will make their way into the house sooner or later.
  5. Update or install weather stripping. Weather stripping provides a double duty for your home, not only keeping the cold air outside and the warm air inside, but it’s also helpful for keeping out uninvited guests. This task is inexpensive and easy, making it one of the best things you can do to control pests.

Other preventative measures include making sure to keep your home free from accessible food sources.  Be sure to never leave food on the counters and stow things like pet food, beans, rice, flour or sugar in airtight containers.  You can also hire a professional pest control company to inspect and treat your home.