Typically as winter approaches in December, the temperatures drop and snow begins to fall in New York and New Jersey areas. Bugs and pests like bees and mosquitoes go into hibernation which leaves homeowners in a state of comfort. Unfortunately this state of comfort can be misguided as there are other bugs and critters are running around looking for warmth during the winter months. It is not uncommon for rodents and spiders to migrate indoors seeking warmth and comfort of your home. For that reason, we wanted to provide you with winter pest control advise.
So here are some preventative measures to protect your home from these unwelcome guests. The last thing anyone would want is for one of these critters to make an appearance during your holiday party.
For families that heat their home with a wood burning stove or fireplace, firewood is a necessity in the winter. It also creates a cozy location for critters like mice and ants to make their nests. To prevent these pests from gaining access to your home, we recommend keeping your firewood pile at least 20 feet from the house.
Cockroaches are another common cold-weather pest that can trigger allergies and worsen asthma symptoms. Often found in kitchens and bathrooms, these pests love warm, damp areas and can often be found under appliances and sinks. Perform a thorough check of your home this season, tightening leaky pipes to keep cockroaches from making themselves at home.
Cover your Chimney
As you are decorating the outside of your home this holiday season, take some time to protect it from pests as well. A mesh cover or chimney cap can be installed to keep squirrels and raccoons from making their way indoors. Homeowners should also trim back bushes and trees, preventing these animals from getting access to your roof.