Most homeowners don’t think about winter pests until they see signs of an infestation, at which point treatment becomes more difficult. The best way to keep pests out of your home in the cooler months is to take preventative action before you have a problem.

Here are a few tips:

  • Tip #1 - Tightly seal all entry points: Monitor for cracks, crevices or gaps in siding, door and window screens, and around pipes, as these areas can serve as entry points for pests.

  • Tip #2 - Trim branches, plants and bushes: Vegetation near a home can serve as a natural pathway indoors for pests.

  • Tip #3 -inspect firewood: Some ant and cockroach species nest in firewood, so be sure to store it on a raised platform away from your home and inspect it before bringing it inside.

  • Tip #4 - Keep mulch away from your home: Pests are attracted to moisture-rich habitats, including mulch.  We recommend storing mulch and firewood at least two feet away from your home.

  • Tip #5 - Practice good sanitation: Keep counters and dishes clean, and don’t forget to tightly seal leftovers and rinse recyclable containers prior to storing.