How to Protect Your Home from Pests This Winter

Posted by bmedia on Saturday, December 1, 2018

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The rain keeps falling and the temperature keeps dropping. Winter is upon us. During the winter time, a lot of animals enter hibernation until it warms up again. Some animals will do anything possible to seek warmth. Unfortunately, your home is a paradise destination for all sorts of critters and pests during the winter time. Here are three common winter pests and ways to protect your home against them.

House Mice

This common rodent may be small, but it can cause all sorts of damage throughout your home. These mice like to nest in dark and secluded areas, such as basements and attics. These rodents can cause severe property damage. They will gnaw through everything they can, meaning drywall and even wires can be damaged. Electrical fires have been known to have started due to this. House mice are also known to carry tapeworms as well as Salmonella. These animals can easily contaminate your food and spread disease.

  • It is essential to pest proof your home. Look for cracks or holes and seal them with steel wool and caulk.
  • Search your kitchen for damaged foods or gnaw marks
  • Keep boxes off the floor, as these animals like to make cluttered spaces their home

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are a common pest that can easily be prevented. These creatures love to live in small spaces where they are close to food and moisture. Because of this, your home would be the perfect place for cockroaches to live. These bugs find their way to your home by hiding in grocery bags or boxes. And once they sneak their way in, they’ll make the place their own. Cockroaches are known to contaminate food products and spread their bacteria everywhere they go.

  • It is ideal to stay clean. Take out your trash often and vacuum frequently
  • Clean your dishes and keep floors and counters clean of food waste
  • Check under appliances and sinks for these bugs, they thrive in these locations

Spiders

In Oregon, we have quite a few different species of spiders. Many are harmless to humans, but some can be harmful when you are bit. Most spiders like to make their webs in dark and quiet places. Closets, attics, and basements are the perfect home for these pests. Spiders are also found in unused objects such as shoes, gloves, or toys.

  • Store unused items such as shoes or toys in bags or plastic containers
  • Keep trees and shrubs trimmed and away from your house
  • Remove webs if you spot any

If acted upon quick, you can prevent rodents or other pests from invading your home this winter. Sometimes it can be too late though. If there are signs of pests in your home, give us a call and we will help to rid the pests from your home. At Wildwoods Pest Control, we employ an approach to pest control called “Integrated Pest Management,” we believe that each home should be treated differently because each home is unique. Portland’s many varied neighborhoods each have specific needs and vulnerabilities. Wildwoods has served Portland area communities for several years and can create timely and effective extermination solutions to Portland’s cockroach issues.

At Wildwoods Pest Control, we employ an approach to pest control called “Integrated Pest Management,” we believe that each home should be treated differently because each home is unique. Wildwoods has served Portland area communities for several years and can create timely and effective extermination solutions for your pest control issue.

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