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Pest-Proofing Your Home for the Winter Months

Pests are very easy to see and remove in summer because they are busy seeking food and mates and raising their young. Pests can pose an equal threat to your home during the winter months. Thankfully, there’s a lot you can do to keep your home pest-free during cold weather.

Why Would Pests Want to Live in Your Home?

Pests like rodents, stink bugs, and mice are pretty self-sufficient and able to survive in various conditions. That is unless they don’t have to! When a pest is looking to get out of the cold, the easier it is, the better.

Unfortunately, your warm and cozy home can look like paradise to a pest seeking shelter from those frigid winter temperatures. Before you know it, your home can become a haven where pests like termites, rodents, spiders, and ants can quickly take over.

You Can Prevent Winter Pest Invasions Now

The name of the game is prevention; the less access to your home that pests have, the lower the chances that they will choose your home to live in during colder months. Here’s how to accomplish this starting today.

Remove Debris

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Wood piles, trees, and branches that are touching your home can become pest highways. Be sure to prune any branches and shrubs to keep them away from your home’s exterior. You’ll also want to remove any leaf piles or trash, which pests love to hide in.

Eliminate Standing Water

Although they’re most common in the summer, mosquitoes can survive just fine during a California winter. That’s why it’s so important to do winter pest control and carefully inspect your home for standing water, both on the ground and above in your downspouts and gutters.

Seal Openings

Thanks to their collapsible rib cages, rodents can squeeze through the smallest openings in your home. Inspect your home’s exterior for holes and cracks, and seal these entry points, no matter how small. If you have a garage door, ensure that’s also reliably sealed to keep pests out. Don’t forget vent covers, which can also harbor all kinds of tiny winter invaders.

No More Free Food

Ensure you’re not attracting pests by providing feeding opportunities. Keeping trash bins securely sealed is an effective winter pest control strategy. Pests also love to eat seeds and other kinds of bird food, so if you have feeders, keep them as far away from your home as possible.

What to Do if You Think You Have a Winter Pest Problem

Even with all of the solutions above, there are still many ways that pests can enter your home. If you suspect that you have a pest infestation, call Animal Capture Wildlife Control’s pest control service.

With over 20 years of wildlife removal experience, our award-winning service record, professionalism, and superior customer service are just a few reasons why homes and businesses trust and rely on us. Don’t let pests take over your home; call our winter pest control experts now: 310-551-0901.