Beginners Guide: Common Winter Pest Problems

  • Written by: Killingsworth Environmental
  • December 21, 2016

How To Keep Winter Pests Out Of Your House

Winter is here and all of the mice, squirrels, and raccoons are gone celebrating the holidays in their little warm homes somewhere in the trunk of a tree – either that, or hibernating, right?

Well, not exactly. All of our furry friends have been in search of warm places, preparing for the cold winter.

So where else to go but your house? A calm, quiet place in your garage, attic, or basement would be great. Maybe even inside a cabinet where all of that tasty food is. Don’t worry though. We’re walking you through maintaining control of your house and taking care of these common pests.

Where to begin

The primary culprits are mice, squirrels, bats, and rats. So first, safeguard your food.

For example, if you keep your trash bins inside your garage, you need to make a few adjustments. Pests are going to the garage because it’s warm and smells good!

To fix this, do not throw all of your leftovers directly in the trash. Any leftovers you can throw down the garbage disposal should be disposed of in that way. Sending the food down instead of scraping your plate into the trashcan keeps the garage from smelling like Thanksgiving to the little varmints.

Also, any types of pet food, birdseed, or other food similar to this that you keep in your garage or basement, store in plastic containers instead. Your uninvited guests will eat right through the packaging if you give them the chance.

Your new friends are more likely to be found in dark, secluded areas of your house, like your garage, attic, or basement. They look so cute and nice, but watch out, they can really cause some damage. They are like Mighty Mouse, chewing through drywall and chomping down on electrical wires with super strength, carrying germs and bacteria with them, too. All of this can make you sick and put your home at risk for a fire and structural damage.

Seal your house

Inspect your house for any cracks or gaps. Pay special attention to windows and doors, because what better way to get in than right through a wide-open tunnel of warmth? Check screens for tears, look for damaged weather stripping and fix any crack or gap in windows and doorframes.

Also, evaluate the exterior of your house. Again, just look for any gaps and cracks in the structure of your home. A mouse only needs a space the size of a dime to get in your home. And a raccoon, yeah, a 20-pound raccoon can fit through a 6-inch entry!

Preparing ahead of time for winter pest removal is the best way to make sure your home is safe from these wild beasts that want to move into your nice, clean home. So take a day and inspect the place and if you don’t have time, call a pro like us! We’re happy to help you with all of your pest removal needs.

If you notice anything you can’t fix or hear something pattering around in your walls or ceiling, call us, and do it quickly to avoid damage to your home. Our wildlife control technicians have a lot of experience with bats, rats, squirrels, birds, raccoons, possums, snakes, foxes and skunks.

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