Winterizing Your Home from Pests

Posted by David Outhous on Dec 18, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Winter pests are starting to look for a warm place to live during the cooler months. If you thought you were done with pest control now that we’re well into fall, some of these bugs are going to be very happy. Just like you, bugs want to be warm for the winter. You can help get rid of pests by taking several steps, including eliminating their habitat.

  • Make sure you don’t have standing water outside. Remove empty flower pots and other items that hold water.

  • Clean gutters and downspouts to make sure water flows out. Cleaning the gutters will also prevent ice dams from building up during the winter.

  • Clean leaves and debris up from the yard, especially if it’s against the house.

  • If you burn wood, make sure you store firewood at least 20 feet from the house.

  • Keep trash cans away from the house. They’ll be warmer than outside, so bugs will get into them during the cold months.

  • Trim trees that are hanging over the house or that are very close to the house.

  • Swap regular outside lights for sodium vapor lights or yellow lights. They are less likely to attract bugs.

How Do Pests Get in My Home?

Once you learn how to keep bugs out of my home, it becomes second nature to prepare your home every winter. The main thing is to seal any cracks in block, cracks around the doors and windows, and seal up holes where pipes come into your house, especially if you have a crawlspace.

Make sure any vents you have for the crawlspace in the roof have screens in them. Bugs will drop from trees onto the roof and crawl into the roof vents. They’ll also crawl into the house from the crawlspace.

Taking blankets with you for a hayride keeps you warm, but those blankets also give pests a free ride into your home. Be sure to shake out the blankets before you bring them inside.

Once bugs are in your home, it’s hard to get rid of them. They lay eggs in the house. They send signals for their bug friends to come in where it’s nice and warm. And bugs attract other creepy crawlies that feed on them, such as scorpions and spiders.

Winterizing Your Home Checklist

Once you learn how to winterize your home, you’ll find that it’s easier to keep bugs out. In addition to the tips above, follow this winterizing your home checklist to help keep your home bug-free this winter.

  • Till your vegetable garden and properly mulch it.

  • Trim the plants around your house. If you are planning on doing new landscaping next year, remove the plants. Next year, when you plant, keep the plants at least 3 to 4 feet away from your house. If your current plants are perennials that die in the winter but come back in the spring, cut them down to the ground. Cut roses to about 1 to 1.5 feet high.

  • Look for signs of insect colonies and remove them. If you are not comfortable removing colonies, contact RichPro Pest Management to take care of them for you.

Contact RichPro Pest Management

Contact RichPro Management to help you winterize your home against pests. Once you take care of all the ways bugs get in and remove plants and debris from the side of your house, we will come out and eliminate colonies of bugs and spray to keep them away.