Winter is coming, and with it winter pests. In cold weather, pests love to take refuge in your home. Fortunately, you can take steps to keep your home pest-free this winter.

Of course, it starts with exclusion. Keeping pests out is always the first line of defense for pest control. It is much more difficult to get rid of pests once they have invaded your home. So, you want to do everything you can to keep them out. This means sealing any cracks into your home, checking barriers on vents and pipes, and making sure your weather stripping is in place. You also want to make sure you have screens. When the cooler fall weather gets here, you might want to open those windows to get fresh air. If you do not have screens in place, that just invites pests inside.

Next, you need to know which pests to expect. The four big winter pests are cockroaches, mice, rats, and termites. While other pests can also be a problem, taking steps to handle these four pests will also help you take care of other pests.

Excluding mice, rats, and cockroaches, all starts with taking the same steps. First, you want to make sure that you have blocked even tiny entry points into your home. Mice and rats can enter into spaces as small as a pencil eraser. Cockroaches can squeeze into even tinier spaces. So, you want to block their entry points.

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Next, you want to make your house unappealing for them. Like all other living things, pests want food, water, and shelter. Your home is always going to be able to provide shelter. However, you can take steps to reduce their access to food and water. Store all food, including pet food, in airtight containers. Do not leave out dirty dishes or leftovers. Clean up crumbs after each meal. Limit eating to the dining areas in your home. Finally, make sure you do not have water leaks or damp areas.

Termites do not eat food and crumbs. Instead, they eat wood. You cannot really eliminate that food source. So, instead you need to limit their access. Unlike other pests, termites may enter from underground. Pest control professionals can add ground barriers to prevent them from getting access. You also want to landscape and arrange your yard to prevent bridges over these chemical barriers. So, trim back bushes and trees so that they do not touch the house. Plus, you want to leave a gap between your home and any wooden mulch.

Finally, if you suspect pests, do not hesitate. Contact Flick immediately. We will send out a pest control specialist to inspect your premises. If they identify pests, they will create a custom pest control plan designed specifically for your home.

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