In recent years, Indiana has experienced unseasonably warm weather; however, the delay in the onset of colder temperatures has resulted in the thriving of pests that would typically enter into an overwintering state.

winterize your home for pests

Pest control professionals have received many calls and inquiries about active pests. This is likely to continue as the holiday season progresses. As the temperatures drop, rains pour down, ice develops, winds become harsher, and snow starts to fall, many homeowners will find that they play host to a large assortment of pests – including the standard house mouse, German cockroaches, and the boxelder bug. In order to avoid hosting these unwanted guests, it is essential to take steps that will aid in winterizing your home. Continue reading to learn how to succeed in this task.

Rain

As the temperatures start to drop, rain will occur. Unfortunately, there are many pests that are naturally attracted to moisture. The most troublesome of these pests is the termite. This type of insect – and their colony – will typically go unnoticed when constructing their nests and reproducing within the home. In order to properly winterize your home against these pests, you must check for any leaks or areas that possess a high level of moisture and repair those areas. Also, your attic and your basement should be kept clear of moisture and exceptionally dry.

Wind

High winds often blow through residential neighborhoods in the winter months. While a breeze may be nice to us, it has the potential to result in damage to shingles and other components of the home – such as the siding. In order to avoid playing hosts to unwanted pests, you should ensure that there are no cracks in your shingles or around the structure. These areas attract pests such as bats, raccoons, and other creatures that may cause damage to your home.

Snow

Rodents – such as squirrels, rats, and mice – will often scramble to get indoors when snow starts to fall. These pests have the ability to squeeze through very small areas, such as those spaces around pipes, lines, and wires. Rodents not only cause structural and electrical damage, but they have the ability to cause disease, too. To protect against these unwanted guests, simply examine the home for possible access points and close those up.

Ice

One of the most troubling aspects of ice in the State of Indiana, is its ability to form ice dams. These typically form on the roof of a structure and may prevent trapped snow from going through the natural melting process. This could result in immense damage to the roof, the siding, the walls, the ceiling, and virtually every other aspect of the home. Many animals – such as roaches and carpenter ants – will flock to these areas because of the accumulation of moisture. Simply inspect for ice dams on a regular basis and eliminate when discovered.

If you are having problems with unwanted pests this season, we here at All Pest are standing by to assist you. Simply call us today at: 765-259-0043

Resources:
https://www.thespruce.com/keeping-out-pests-in-winter-2656680
http://www.dailypress.com/features/family/home-garden/outdoors/diggin-in-blog/dp-bugs-five-pests-to-watch-for-this-winter-in-your-home-and-yard-20111103-story.html
https://indianacca.org/Bug_Beat/Article/?id=270