Top Winter Pest Control Tips

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We’ve all been there—woken up in the middle of the night with scampering across the floor or scratching in your walls. Mice, rats, and even squirrels can make their way inside your warm home, on top of the usual insects and spiders. Rather than evicting your unwanted visitors this holiday season, prevent them from ever entering your home with these winter pest control tips!

Seal up a crack, keep critters off your back

a brick wall has cracks in the concrete that could let pests inside the home
Seal up any cracks.

Don’t give the little critters a way in. Visually inspect your sliding or bricks for gaps and cracks. Mice, spiders, and insects use these areas as entry ways into your home. Use expanding caulk to fill up the small areas where wires and pipes enter your home. If you discover a hole, wad copper mesh into the opening and then finish sealing off the area with expanding foam.

Complete a screen test

a dog stands behind a screen door
Fix your screens if they rip.

Holes in your door or window screens are another easy entry point for invaders. If you find a small tear in your screen, buy a DIY screen repair kit. Then cut the screen patch a bit bigger than the tear and place it over the damaged area. If the patch has a heat-activated adhesive, use a hair dryer to bond the patch to the screen. If the tear is too big for a patch, replace the entire screen.

Yet another place with space—weather-stripping

a person applies caulk to a window to weather-strip
Save on heating and pest control bills!

We’ve discussed how to replace weatherstripping, and doing so keeps your home warm and your utility bill low(er). It also helps to prevent little critters from wiggling their way into your home (and your heart, leading to unfortunate situations when you have to evict them).

The bugs are coming from inside the firewood

a pile of firewood, already cut, and dusted with snowflakes
Keep your friends close and your firewood out of your home.

Seriously, they might be. Termites and carpenter ants can live inside your logs, so when you store the firewood inside your house, you’re helping the enemy to infiltrate your homestead. Instead, keep the firewood away from your home on concrete or asphalt, elevated on treated boards, and with a waterproof tarp to keep the wood dry.

The warm and springtime fresh entrance

a homeowner cleans their dryer vent with a vacuum
Inspect your dryer vent to prevent critter entry.

Your dryer vent is practically a neon sign indicating, “Enter here!” to vermin. To deter unwanted guests, dryer vents have dampers, which allow air to flow out and keep critters from getting in. They also prevent cold drafts from entering your home, so it’s a win-win! But if your damper’s pest guard is damaged or missing, make sure to get another super quick to complete this winter pest control task.

Moisture is bad – but not for the reason you think

a wagon filled with soil stands behind hands in a garden by a home
Watch where you put your mulch.

While most people hate hearing the word “moist,” it should be because moist, damp wood is a magnet for insects. Rake moisture-rich soil away from your windows (if they’re near the ground), door frames, and any other wood on your house. Also, turn your mulch over periodically to allow it to dry.

To trim or not to trim

a homeowner trimming the shrubs in a front lawn
Give your trees a trim.

Pruning or trimming your trees helps to keep your roof healthy, but it also prevents limbs from being used as a bridge for critters. Without the extra help, the little guys really have to work to make your home their winter residence.

Close your bed-and-breakfast for pests

a squirrel eats a nut
Stop feeding your critter guests.

When you leave open pet food in your garage or around the house, you’re practically inviting pests into home. Invest in a sealable pet food container to keep the food fresh and critter-free. Also, keep the container inside the main area of your house and away from windows and exits, where critters may be lured inside by the smell.

Stay on top of home maintenance

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vipHomeLink can help!

Keeping your home pest-free can be difficult, but with vipHomeLink, it doesn’t have to be. Our home management app helps you know how to keep mosquitoes, ants, and other pests away – even with natural remedies. We’ll help you keep up to date with your home maintenance, so you can prevent unwanted guests from entering your home with winter pest control tips. Plus – the app now comes with property-specific weather alerts and tips, so you can prepare for your home for whatever Mother Nature throws at it.

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