Cold Weather Tips for Pest Prevention

Pests Don't Like Cold Weather Either. Tips To Keep Your Home Pest Free This Winter.

When the temperature drops, people aren't the only ones looking for ways to stay warm. Pests seek warmth indoors too. Paragon has compiled a list of tips to help your customers keep out any pesky party crashers this season.

Seal pests out and warmth in

  • Place weatherstripping on the bottom of all exterior doors to ensure they seal tightly. Doors that do not have a tight seal can allow a variety of pest to enter the home and can allow warm air to escape.
  • Use caulk to seal any holes or cracks in your home's exterior. Large holes should be stuffed with steel wool or wire before sealing with caulk or otrher materials.
  • Eliminate cracks or openings around pipes and utility lines that enter the home. These are potential problem areas that can allow pests in and heated air out.
  • Close the flue damper when the fireplace isn't in use. An open damper can allow a large amount of air out and can be an entry point for a variety of insect, rodents and wildlife.
  • Ensure attic and foundation vents are equipped with tight-fitting 1/4-inch hardware cloth. This will help keep rodents at bay. Also install insect screening over open windows, utility vents and other areas where small pests may slip through.

Check the exterior

  • Move piles of firewood and other debris away from the home's foundation. Both provide ample sources of shelter for rodents and other pests such as termites, and could encourage them to live near the home.
  • Trim tree branches and shrubs away from the home. Rodents and insects can scales rough surfaces like trees or large shrubs to access your home's roof or other entry points in the home's exterior.

Additional tips for termite prevention

  • Repair roof or plumbing leaks. The moisture from these allows termites to survive above the ground.
  • Ensure gutters drain properly and direct moisture away from the foundation.
  • Keep mulch or soil away from your home's siding. It's best to have a barrier of a few inches.
  • Remove items like scrap lumber, boxes and even old books or newspapers from crawl spaces.
  • Maintain adequate ventilation in crawl spaces.