As winter approaches, it's important to keep your home safeguarded from invading pests. At Rochester Pest Pros, we understand the importance of maintaining a pest-free home all year long. Although pests like spiders, bees, and roaches may not be as active during the colder months, this is actually the time when they seek shelter indoors to escape the harsh weather conditions. Don't let these unwanted visitors take over your cozy abode. Follow these simple tips to keep your home protected and pest-free this winter season.

Ensuring Your Home is Winter-Ready and Pest-Proof

Check for Holes, Cracks, and Gaps

Inspecting for potential entry points is an important first step in residential pest prevention. Take the time to thoroughly examine the exterior of your home, paying close attention to holes, cracks, or gaps that pests could use to gain access. Don't forget to check the basement, attic, and areas where pipes come through, as these are common entry points. If you find any issues, promptly seal them using caulking or other suitable materials.

Check Your Screens

Window and door screens with holes are an easy invitation for pests. Before winter arrives, inspect all screens and ensure they are fully intact. If you discover any holes, either patch them up or consider replacing the entire screen.

Fix Moisture Issues

Many pests like cockroaches, silverfish, and termites are attracted to damp areas of your home. For that reason, it’s important to control moisture and quickly fix any issues, such as a leaky pipe. Pay extra attention to moisture-prone areas like kitchens and bathrooms.

Deep Clean Your Home

Declutter and tidy up your living spaces, as pests love to hide in messy areas. While spring cleaning gets a lot of attention, don't underestimate the importance of a thorough clean during winter. Remember to focus on not just your main living areas but also your basement and garage.

Stay on Top of Landscaping

Don't overlook your outdoor areas when it comes to pest control. Trim shrubs and prune trees in the fall to eliminate potential hiding spots for pests. Additionally, if you store firewood for the winter, keep it at least 20 feet away from your home to discourage rodents and termites from nesting.

Need pest control or a home inspection? Now is the ideal time to take action. With over 20 years of experience, Rochester Pest Pro is the trusted choice for the greater Rochester, NY area. Learn more about our affordable solutions by contacting us at 585-486-4815 or using our online contact form