Pests are seasonal creatures, for the most part. You won't see many wasps or ants in the dead of winter, just as mice are less prominent in the summer months. It's important to know what pests to look out for throughout the year. This winter pest guide is the first of our Seasonal Pest Guide series. Check back throughout the year for spring, summer and autumn guides!
Winter Pest Guide
Winter drives just about every creature away -- bears to their caves, birds to the south, and humans to their living rooms. But cold weather also pushes some of the nastiest pests into close quarters with people. What can you expect to encounter around your home this winter? This is our Winter Pest Guide.
No pest is more associated with winter than the rat. When the weather turns, these creepers will do almost anything to find a warm, dry place to nest. Rats can squeeze through an opening as small as a quarter and can chew through wood, plastic and even metal in seeking out food and water. They are one of the most destructive and wily pests out there.
So what can you do to keep them out? Here are some tips to try, after you call us at 425-482-2100 for an inspection:
- Find and seal any openings from outside
- Keep dry any crawlspaces, attics and other spaces outside the home envelope
- Keep your home free of debris, clutter and other spots where rats can hide and burrow
Mice don't have the same bad reputation as rats, but house mice can be just as destructive and damaging to your health. You may find more evidence of mice inside your living spaces than of rats, as mice can fit through even smaller openings to get inside and near food. What can you do to prevent mice this winter?
- Seal up any holes, gaps and cracks into your home with silicone caulk
- Watch for signs of a mouse infestation, such as droppings, gnaw marks and damaged food
- Keep your home free of clutter and junk, as mice like to nest in spots like these
Although more closely associated with late summer and early fall, spiders can still be active in the winter. In fact, spiders can sometimes seem more present in winter, as they have moved indoors and may pop up throughout your home.
For the most part, in the winter spiders just want to be left alone. If you take steps to prevent spiders from getting into your house in the first place, you'll be in good shape:
- Trim back trees, shrubs, bushes and anything else that could allow spiders easy access
- Store summer clothes in sealed plastic containers, to avoid spiders nesting in unused clothing
- Dab peppermint or spearmint extract near the corners of rooms, as spiders hate the smell
- Clear out any webs you find
Although these pests are the most common in winter, plenty more can pop up in your home at any time. If you find yourself with an infestation, call us now at 425-482-2100 for a thorough inspection from our professional technicians. Keep your home protected this winter!