December 30, 2019

We all love winters for cozy blankets, hot coffee, and fireplaces. But with the winter season, comes the risk of pests that not just destroy the property but also spread diseases.

Many pests look for comfortable spots like garages, basements, etc. that provide warmth and shelter during winter. So, before we move on to how to prevent them from getting into your home, let’s find out what are the most common winter pests.  

Common Winter Pests

Raccoons often sleep away the winter season in comfortable dens. Hence, it is possible to find one or several raccoons in your comfortable attic. They enter the homes through chimneys and crawl spaces for their winter-long stays in your attic, walls, or other hidden spots. 

Rodents such as rats and mice are usually active throughout the year and look for warmth and food during winter. They crawl into insulated spaces such as basements, attics, holes, tiny spaces in sheds, garages, etc. and spread diseases. Hence, it would help if you considered rat exterminators as soon as the winter season kicks in. 

Cockroaches usually make their way into second-hand appliances, grocery bags, boxes, and then to your homes. They can generally be found in kitchens and bathrooms because they prefer places where moisture builds up. Once they enter homes, they start contaminating food and spreading diseases. Hence, cockroach control, especially during winter, should be a priority. 

While pest control is very important in the winter season, staying prepared beforehand is necessary. So, here are a few tips for tenants to prevent winter pests from entering their homes:

1. Inspect Your Home and Seal up the Entry Points
Before the winter season begins, seal up the cracks through which pests may enter your home. To ensure that they are not residing in the exteriors of the property, inspect windows, pipes, vents, and crawl spaces. Moreover, rodents easily get into cracks and holes. So, fill up the holes with caulk and steel wool to prevent their entry. 

2. Keep the Food in Pest-Proof Containers
Winter is the perfect season for baking, and pests love flour, nuts, chocolate chips, etc. So, store these eatables in pest-proof containers and clean up the crumbs and tiny food particles immediately. 

3. Remove Clutter
It is very common to find pests hidden in wood logs and compost outside the property. So, move the clutter away from your property to prevent their entry. Moreover, trim bushes and hedges and clear out weeds to ensure a clean perimeter. This way, pests will not build nests and live near your property. 

4. Eliminate Standing Water
Standing water is the most common source of pests and diseases since rodents and cockroaches find moist spaces ideal. Moreover, standing water is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and insects. So, ensure that you fix leaky taps or pipes and clear outstanding water immediately. 

5. Exterminate Regularly
During winter, exterminating the property shouldn’t be a one-time job. Despite all the preventive measures, it is possible for pests to enter your home. So, call the experts and exterminate your property once in two months. This will ensure that uninvited guests such as cockroaches, mice, insects, etc. do not have an extended stay at your home.  

Who is responsible for pest control – Tenants or Landlords?

As a tenant before signing the lease agreement make sure to inspect the property carefully. If you’re a tenant in someone’s house, you can ask the landlord to call pest inspection and pest control experts to fix the problem. However, in addition to all the things you should do before moving in, it is essential to ensure that your landlord agrees to fix seasonal pest invasions. If necessary, ask the landlord to mention this in the lease agreement so that there are no confusions and unnecessary arguments. 

If you wish to have a great winter and festive season in a pest-proof home, just stay vigilant and active. A little extra attention and some fixing here and there, and you will save yourself a lot of damage, time, and cost. 

About the Author: When people find their homes and offices infested with pests, it is not uncommon for them to panic. Raymond Web has taken the task to educate people on pest prevention and control strategies, helping them keep their surroundings healthy, safe and pest-free.

As the digital marketing manager for Take Care Termite and Pest Control, in Tracy, CA, he has an in-depth understanding of people and their pain points due to pests, which he efficiently uses in his content to educate people and add value to their lives.