Winter Pest Proofing Tips

FAIRFAX, Va. (November 24, 2012) – Across the country, chilly temperatures are forcing more than just people indoors to stay warm by the fire. Rodents including mice, rats and squirrels are seeking food, water and shelter in homes this winter season.

Fortunately, there are steps homeowners can take to prevent pests from coming indoors on firewood, foliage and family pets, or from gaining entry through small cracks and crevices in a home’s exterior.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends that homeowners install door sweeps, repair damaged screens, and replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows. In addition, it’s important to screen vents to chimneys, keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry, and store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.

If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the pest problem.