As November rolls in and you’re starting to feel cold, so are the pests outside. In the colder months, some pests, like ants, rodents, spiders, and termites, seek shelter and a reliable food source indoors. To prepare for the winter influx of pests, it is crucial to protect your home.
Why Pest Management Is Crucial in Winter
Vogelsang Pest Management knows first-hand that preventive measures in the winter months will pay off well into the spring since many winter pests that attack Missouri homes also appear often during springtime. Taking preventative action before winter is in full swing is much wiser.
Missing regular pest control in the winter can be risky as it allows pests to quickly get inside your home and establish an infestation. Here’s why you need to continue your pest control service during the winter season:
Rodents can enter your home through foundation gaps or cracks or vent or chimney openings. Poisons and traps available over the counter could hurt you, your kids, or your pets. At Vogelsang Pest Management, we use pet- and kid-friendly products, and we’ll accurately pinpoint the cause of your pest issues, treat them, and block off any points of access.
Termites can cause significant structural damage to your home. They chew through wood and other building materials, leading to costly repairs. These destructive pests may nest inside walls, floors, or rotting wood; only a professional exterminator can find them.
Spiders love to hide in the attic or basement in late fall and early winter, so they’ll have no trouble entering your living areas when the weather starts to warm up. The best way to control spider populations in your home is to leave it to the experts.
Ants pose dangers to your home and health. One, carpenter ants can cause similar home damage to a termite. Two, all ants bite, which can cause pain and discomfort. And lastly, ants attract other pests, including the dangerous black widow and brown recluse spider.
Tips to prepare for the winter:
You will be ready if you take care of these tasks before the winter invasion.
- Properly seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home.
- Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet from the house.
- Keep storage areas well organized and store boxes off of the floor.
- Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.
- Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens in windows.
- Screen vents to chimneys.
- Keep attics, basements, and crawl spaces well-ventilated and dry.
Vogelsang Pest Management will prepare you for the winter.
If pests are still coming into your home or you already have an infestation, you can always count on Vogelsang Pest Management to swoop in with safe, professional extermination. Promoting pest management as a preventive measure in November can help ensure your home remains a sanctuary from the cold rather than a welcoming haven for unwanted pests. Take care of your home now, and you’ll also be taken care of later. Contact Vogelsang Pest today to secure your home for the winter and beyond.