Winter Pest Control: Here’s How to Prepare Your Home

home covered in snow that will soon prepare with winter pest control

When cooler winter weather arrives, pesky insects are thought to leave. But the truth is that many of the creepy crawlers don’t actually go further away from where we live when the weather turns. They just come even closer.

During the wintertime, we unknowingly open up our homes to insects that are looking to escape the cold and find food. That’s why winter pest control should be as much a part of your winter routine as digging out your holiday sweaters and stocking the cupboards with hot cocoa. There are a few different things you can do to take on winter pest control yourself but the most efficient way to approach the threat is to call a professional.

What You Can Do for Winter Pest Control

Here’s a few things you can do to winterize your home against pests:

  • Seal. Insects will try (and succeed) to enter your home through any crack or crevice they can find. Weatherproof your doors and windows to eliminate spaces between seals. Use caulk to close up any gaps along sinks and other fixtures. And be sure to check the outside foundation for any cracks or holes where insects or rodents may be able to enter.
  • Clean. Give your floors a good cleaning (especially in the kitchen) and fix any slow leaks in faucets. Pests need food and water to survive so you don’t want to give them easy access to either.   
  • Change. Keeping pests away during the winter often requires changing some of our habits. Only bring firewood inside that you plan to put in the fireplace immediately as insects can be easily brought indoors on and inside wood. Trash and recycling bins should be kept several feet from your house with lids tightly closed. And large amounts of paper, fabric and other potential nesting material should be stored away in bins.  

What the Professionals Can Do for Winter Pest Control

There’s only so much you can do yourself to prepare for winter pest control. But perhaps the best thing you can do is call Jay Taylor Exterminating. Whether it’s for a one-time service or a monthly or quarterly plan, the professionals at Jay Taylor can provide your home with the best protection against pests backed by a 30-day guarantee.

Before doing anything this winter, contact Jay Taylor Exterminating in Wilmington, NC and enjoy a pest-free holiday season.