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Controlling Winter Pests

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Although most pest infestations increase in the summer, there are some pests that can either become worse or maintain their infestations throughout the winter. Here are some tips for controlling winter pests.

Limiting Pest Access

There are many ways you can limit the access of winter pests to your home. First, seal up entry points. This includes both relatively large holes that allow rodents to enter and small cracks that provide entry for insects.

Next, remove inviting habitats from directly alongside your home. Mulch, wood piles, and shrubbery can all invite pests to seek shelter near your home, which makes it more likely they will seek access to your home in search of warmth, shelter, or food.

Avoid importing trouble by inspecting logs for ants, termites, or cockroaches before bringing them in for the fire. You should also follow tips for avoiding picking up bed bugs when you travel, such as inspecting hotel rooms before you stay and inspecting your luggage when you get home. Fruit flies often ride in on fresh fruits and vegetables but multiply once in your home—control their numbers by reducing the amount of fruit you have stored in the open.

Getting Rid of Pests

If you have identified pests that have already gotten into your home, it’s time to take control methods. Small numbers of rats and mice may be controllable with appropriate traps. See our hints for picking effective mouse trap bait.

Larger rodent infestations and most insect infestations require the assistance of a professional pest control expert. These experts can help in many ways, including:

  • Accurately identifying your pest
  • Controlling the pest
  • Helping you prevent future infestations

When you are facing winter pests, controlling them is important. Although some are just a nuisance, many pose a threat to your home or health, and it can be expensive to replace the food they eat or ruin.

At Animal & Pest Control Specialist, we offer pest control for all seasons in the Denver Metro area, including Boulder, Evergreen, and Castle Rock. Please contact us today.

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