How to Stop Pests From Seeking Shelter in Your Home This Winter

December 10th, 2021

When the temperature begins to drop, it seems like everyone and everything spends more time inside… pests included. Winter will send bugs and insects that typically enjoy the outdoors running for warmer spaces, often inside of your home. This is why it’s so important to take these preventative measures to keep pests out of your home before the colder weather sets in:

  • Seal all holes or cracks

Walk around the perimeter of your home and seal all holes or cracks that you find with exterior, weather-resistant caulk. Pay special attention to areas where cables or utility lines enter the home.

  • Add screens where possible

Screens in doors and windows can get damaged when being frequently used in the warmer months, and spiders love to take advantage of this to find their way inside when it cools down. To get ahead of this, replace all damaged screens as soon as the temperature begins to drop to keep the critters at bay.

  • Keep all spaces dry and ventilated

Pests love dark and wet spaces, so keep everywhere in your home the opposite to make it as inhospitable as possible. Especially focus on your attic, basement, and crawl spaces.

  • Remove and replace any rotting wood

Some insects are attracted to rotting wood, so if you notice any in your home’s structure or roof, replace it immediately. Inspect your roof from the inside and outside regularly to keep damage in check.

  • Repair damaged mortar

If your home has a concrete or brick foundation, inspect it at least one each year for any cracks or other damage. If you do notice damage, contact a professional to repair it immediately as insects can actually enter your home through even the tiniest foundation crack!

  • Replace weather-stripping around windows

Not only does replacing the weather-stripping around windows keep out bugs, but it will also lower your energy bill as it provides extra insulation during temperature extremes.

Stop Winter Pests with Green Solutions in Tampa

If you’ve waited too late for prevention and the pests are already inside of your home, contact a professional pest control company immediately before things get any worse. If you’re in Tampa, Green Solutions Lawn Care & Pest Control is the best choice to handle pest infestations quickly and completely. Call Green Solutions at (813) 684-7336 or contact us online to schedule your pest control estimate today!