How to Prepare Your Home for Fall and Winter Pests

Posted by: Guest Contributor on September 13th, 2012

As the autumn and winter seasons draw nearer, people’s thoughts begin turning to pest control. When it gets cold outside, insects, rodents, and other unpleasant or unsanitary beasts want to come into your home, where it’s warm and there’s plenty of food. Their presence is more than just an irritation or an eyesore. 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 can become a problem. Here are some tips for preparing your home for fall and winter pests:

Get Rid of Moisture Accumulation

Leaky pipes, clogged drains, and cracks in the basement wall often lead to an accumulation of water. Many pests are attracted to moisture, such as cockroaches, millipedes, and rodents. Termites are also attracted to moist conditions because they favor wet wood. Considering a standard termite treatment cost, preventing their favorite conditions is the some of the best termite protection you can have. Before fall gets here, it’s strongly recommended that you remedy any leaks or drainage issues you might have in your home.

Seal Cracks and Holes

Any nook or cranny that can be invaded will be invaded. Mice, roaches, flies, spiders, and wasps will exploit any available route into your home, such as cracks in your foundation or gaps around your doors. You should locate all of these areas in and around your home and make sure they’re sealed up.Caulk around windows and use it to fill in small cracks and entry points for utilities. For holes and large cracks, use steel wool. Similarly, you should make sure that chimneys and vents are screened over so that no animals can get in.

Weather Stripping

Weather stripping is useful for more than keeping the cold air outside and the warm air inside. It’s also helpful for keeping out uninvited guests. Install weather stripping on all of your home’s exterior doors, or replace it if it’s cracked or worn. This task is inexpensive and easy, making it one of the best things you can do to control pests.

Preventative Measures

If you hire a professional pest control agency to inspect your home, they can alert you to potential entry points or attractive habitats for vermin. They can also spray your home as a preventative measure, which is especially important for termite protection. While a termite treatment cost can seem like a lot, it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of literally being eaten out of house and home!

Properly Store Food

In the wintertime, vermin aren’t just looking for a warm place to stay. They’re also looking for a free smorgasbord. Such opportunistic beasts jump for joy when you leave things like pet food, beans, rice, flour or sugar unprotected. Stowing all of these types of food in airtight plastic bins is an excellent way to discourage pests from sticking around. Other things you can do include investing in a covered trash can and never leaving food on the counter overnight. If pests have nothing to eat, they’ll look elsewhere.

Author Bio: Rose McMillan is an experienced pest control professional, turned freelance writer and blogger. She has worked with several reputable pest control companies and now wants to share her knowledge with homeowners and professionals. Sources: Terminix Library.



4 Comments on “How to Prepare Your Home for Fall and Winter Pests”


Before the cold conditions of winter season and fall appear, it’s important to do some regular servicing to make sure your property is ready for the modifying climate. Your garden also needs some additional care before winter and fall comes. Put away anything you don’t want the snow to hide, such as farming tools, patio furniture and barbecues.


Very good points here, and especially true about pests being able invade at any possible crack or hole. Caulking is something that should be done often and checked regularly to make sure that all cracks and such are sealed. This can very well cut back on energy use as well as invaders.

Jack Hampton

Good information you share with us and how to save your home

Cost of termite treatment

i think termite treatment is essential, because termite can rapidly destroy your location. Termite treatment cost can is very high, but it is essential.
Thanks !

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