The winter months may keep away most insect pests, however warm fires and low temperatures can put most homes and businesses at risk for alternative pests. Rodents are especially prevalent during this time due to the lack of a food source, further endangering your home. Some of the pests that homeowners should lookout for in the winter months are Carpet Beetles, House Mice, Norway Rats, Roof Rats and Clothes Moths.
Terminix Service, Inc. offers the following prevention tips for homeowners to help guard against these winter pests:
- To reduce your risk of Carpet Beetles: before putting clothes in storage, make sure they are clean. Use plastic bins with tight fitting lids whenever possible. If clothing must be stored in boxes, thoroughly clean the boxes before storage and seal all corners and openings with tape. Have throw rugs periodically dry cleaned or washed according to label directions. Regularly vacuum around furniture and beds to remove accumulated pet hair.
- To help reduce your risk of House Mice and Roof Rats: reduce clutter and remove any piles of debris inside and around the outside of your home. Install a good, thick weather-strip on the bottom of all doors to prevent rodents from entering. Make sure dry pet food and bird seed is stored in rodent proof containers and up off the floor.
- To help reduce your risk of Norway Rats: keep firewood stored as far from the home as possible and store it off the ground. During the winter, store only enough wood next to the house to burn every couple of days. Seal any hole or crack larger than ¼ of an inch. Large holes or cracks should be stuffed with steel wool or wire mesh before sealing with caulk or foam, otherwise rodents could chew through to enter.
- To help reduce your risk of Clothes Moths: consider storing clothing in large zippered plastic units. If you use mothballs to help deter fabric pests, be aware that they may leave an odor. Infested clothing can be treated by washing the items according to label directions or having them dry cleaned.
Following the holiday season, it’s essential for every homeowner and business owner to reevaluate their property by following these important winter tips. Family and friends that have been in and out of your home could have possibly caused damage or left debris around your house during the busy holiday season. These proactive measures will help provide a safe and secure home.
For more information on seasonal pest prevention and tips, please visit www.TrustTerminix.com.