Preparing for Winter Part 1: How to Prevent Winter Pests from Entering Your Home

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While you might think summer is the worst pest season, that is not always the case. During winter, tons of pests are on the hunt for a warm shelter, food, and water. Many of them take up a winter residence in homes, which often provide all they need to survive the harsher season. From spiders to rats to cockroaches to mice to bed bugs to moths, there are no shortage of pests that can be found in a home during colder months.

We understand the very last thing you want is for your home to be taken over by creepy crawlers this season, which is why we have outlined some of our best pest prevention tips. Continue reading to learn how you can keep these pesky pests out.

Remove Clutter

Pests such as spiders and rodents love to hide away in cluttered areas because clutter makes for the perfect shelter. If you have stacks of boxes, piles of newspapers, or a pile of miscellaneous items in your home, we recommend clearing it all away before pests make themselves at home.

Move Firewood Away from Your Home

Placing firewood against your home is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Pests such as termites are attracted to woodpiles and will quickly make their way into your home after sheltering in and feasting on your firewood. Any piles of wood should be placed at least 20 feet away from your home.

Repair Plumbing Leaks

Because pests such are in search of a water source, plumbing leaks will attract them. In addition, untreated plumbing leaks can lead to dampened wooden structures, which will attract dampwood termites. If you have any leaky pipes, we recommend having them repaired right away before insects and rodents start camping out by them, or even worse, before termites start eating away at the structure of your home.

Clean Your Gutters

Clogged gutters make the perfect breeding ground and shelter for many pests such as mosquitoes and rodents. Once pests find your gutter, it won’t be long before they find their way into your home, so it is a good idea to regularly clean out all debris from your gutters.

Use Caulk Around Your Home

Pests will make their way through even the smallest cracks, holes, or gaps in your home. Carefully inspect the entire foundation of your home and seal any problem areas with caulk to prevent pests from using these entry points.

Purple Care Is Here to Help

At Purple Care, our team is fully committed to taking care of your property. Backed by over 30 years of service experience in the industry, you can rest assured knowing we have the top-quality products and expertise necessary to flush existing infestations from your yard and prevent future invasions from taking place.

Our pest control team can protect your home against the following pests this winter:

We don’t just eliminate pests, we also make sure to create a safe, pest-free space for you and your family.

Call (817) 369-3138 or contact us online to schedule professional pest control.