Not every insect will die off when cold weather rolls in. Likewise, rodents and other animals don’t become inactive as they wait for spring. Many animals and insects are still very active and can live through the cold weather. When they have a warmer place to live and food to eat, then they are even more comfortable – and that might mean your home is the right place for them.
No Pests Allowed!
The key to keeping pests from getting into your home and enjoying what you have to offer is to remove all of those creature comforts that are so necessary to survival: food, shelter, and water. Pests need to be blocked out of your home – cracks need to be sealed, gaps need to be covered, holes need to be screened. Attractive areas outside that might bring insects in, such as mulch piles or thick foliage, need to be redone. Once pests can no longer get in, you can start focusing on making their indoor life not as cushy as they thought.
Check for moist areas, leaking pipes, and places that are dark and would be ideal locations for insects like cockroaches, earwigs, or silverfish to hide. Make sure foodstuffs are kept in jars, plastic bins, and other inaccessible containers so moth larvae, ants, and other pantry pests cannot get into food.
One Step Further
Once you have cut them off from all the things they need, you should see your pest issues decrease dramatically. However, pest control all year can also mean enlisting some extra help to ensure that all of your efforts don’t go to waste. Professionals can take things a step further to make sure that termites don’t burrow down into your foundation, that bed bugs don’t get a foothold, and that ants never make it inside. They can put down a barrier of protection that ensures pests remain out of your home and in their own habitat where they belong, month after month, year after year.