Keeping the Home Pest Free in WinterNPMA Staff
Friday, December 10, 2010
By NPMA Staff
When the holidays arrive, the last thing any host wants to deal
with are unwanted guests - specifically household pests such as
rodents, ants and spiders. The National Pest Management Association
provides tips to homeowners for pest proofing their largest
investment during the winter season.
"Pests adapt to the changing environment and seek refuge indoors
during the colder months," says Missy Henriksen, vice president of
public affairs for NPMA. "During the winter rodents such as house
mice become one of the most common invaders and can cause serious
property damage in and around the home."
The house mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a dime
making it easy to get into homes through cracks and crevices. Once
inside the home, pests can cause major problems including tearing
insulation, chewing electrical wires, contaminating food and
leaving unpleasant odors.
NPMA experts offer tips for winter pest proofing:
- Seal up any cracks and holes on the outside of your home
including areas where utilities and pipes enter your home.
- Screen vents and openings to chimneys. Keep tree branches and
shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house.
- Inspect boxes, grocery bags and other packaging thoroughly to
curb hitchhiking insects.
- Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and
- Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it
- Store fire wood at least 20 feet away from the house and five
inches off the ground.
- Repair fascia and sofits and rotted roof shingles; some insects
are drawn to deteriorating wood.
- Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around
basement foundation and windows.
- Call a qualified pest control professional for additional
advice and treatment if necessary.
"A pest professional will be able to assist homeowners with
identifying problem areas and treating infestations," says