Mid-Winter Maintenance Checklist for Pests 

Mid-Winter Maintenance Checklist for Pests 

Wouldn’t it be nice if pests hibernated during the winter? It would be… but not all of them do! While we do get a nice little break from mosquitos and black flies, we still have to deal with mice, rats, cockroaches, spiders, and other creepy crawlies that seek shelter from the cold. You may start to feel like you’re running an AirBNB for pests in your cozy home. Not to worry: with a few simple steps, you can kick them out and prevent the damage, bites, allergies, and mess they create. 

Quick and Easy Pest Checklist

  • Seal It Up. Do a visual inspection of the outside of your home. Do you see any cracks, holes, or gaps, especially around the areas in which pipes and utility lines enter your home? Seal them with caulking or weatherstripping or have a professional come out and help. Remember, a mouse can fit through a hole as small as a dime and a rat needs just a quarter-sized entry.
  • Keep Your Firewood Away From Your Home. If you heat with wood, make sure your woodpile is at least 20 feet away from your house. Mice, ants, carpenter ants, and other pests can nest here and gain easy access to your home.
  • Cut Clutter. Rodents love clutter. If you have storage areas, keep them organized and store boxes off the floor (e.g. on a shelf).
  • Keep Moisture to a Minimum. Check for leaking pipes, clogged drains, and areas that may have sustained water damage. Pay especially close attention to the bathrooms, kitchens, and utility rooms. 
  • Add Screen Vets to Chimneys. This will keep pests (and birds) from pulling a Santa Claus and coming into your home via the chimney.
  • Keep Pet Food and Trash In Tight Containers. These are both magnets for pets. If your pet food is inside or in the garage, make sure it has a tight lid. Same with trash. 
  • Don’t Leave Food Out. This is good practice no matter what time of year. Clean up your counters and sinks, put away leftovers, and if your trash has food scraps, take it out to the can outside (which should also have a tight-fitting lid). 

When we have mid-winter warmups, this also causes pests to move. It can also prompt them to start reproducing - a problem you do not want to deal with. If you’re noticing signs of pest problems or infestation, contact the pros at Rid-A-Bug immediately. Our trained, experienced technicians will diagnose the problem and develop an effective plan to remove unwanted visitors for your home.

Pests don’t hibernate. Fortunately, neither do we.