Most of us in Southeast Texas probably only think about pests being a problem in the Summer. When we have to deal with poisonous snakes, an onslaught of mosquitoes, and fire ants galore, it's no surprise why we feel that way. In the same way that insects, rodents, and other small mammals do often find their way into our homes in the hot Summer months seeking refuge from the unforgiving heat, they often do the same in Winter to get themselves out of the cold.
Here are some of Houston's common Winter pests and what you can do to keep them from becoming a nuisance this holiday season:
- Seal up any gaps around window and door frames with caulking or weatherstripping. Cracks around floorboards, inside cabinets, and near plumbing fixtures should also be filled. If there's even a small entry into your home, you can bet that pests will try to find a way in.
- Keep a clean kitchen. Fruitcake may repel your kids and guests, but it definitely won't scare away insects and small animals looking for a tasty Winter meal. Thoroughly clean all counters, appliances, dishes, and floors in your kitchen to remove any crumbs and sugar that might encourage pesky visitors like ants and rodents. Roaches are often attracted to food in your pantry, so store food in airtight containers or in your fridge.
- Remove water sources. This may not be as big a problem in the Winter as in the Summer, but pests are often attracted to standing water in and around your home. So, empty out your pet's water bowl, drain the bird bath, and make sure water doesn't collect anywhere around your home. During the Summer, this can greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes buzzing around your back yard.
- Store firewood away from your house. Moist firewood is a common haven for roaches, so keeping firewood at least a few feet away from your home's exterior walls can help divert their attention away from your home.
- Trim tree branches other shrubbery touching your home. Branches that touch your house give insects and small animals easy access to numerous areas of your home, so prune them regularly.
- Store holiday decorations and other rarely used items in airtight containers. This can help prevent any pests that invade your home from finding a safe place to hide and invite their friends.
- Install screens over chimney vents. This can help keep small animals, including birds, out of your chimney and therefore your home.
- Do some Spring cleaning .. even in Winter! Less clutter means fewer places for pests to hide. So, remove the clutter, and you often remove the pest problem.
If you need some help handling your cold weather pests, look no further than the Houston exterminators at John Moore Services. We have the expertise and the professional grade products you need to rid your home of its pest problem once and for all. Schedule service today to get started.