In some climates, avoiding pest problems in your home can be a year-round battle. Within most U.S. regions, all types of insects and pests can be found. Pests can thrive inside and outside of a home and are a constant nuisance. But during the winter season with frigid temperatures, in order to survive, insects go into a dormant state. They seek warm sheltered places both inside and outside. Not all of them will make it through the winter season. However, most of them survive until the warmer spring season weather.

Though insects do serve a purpose in the world, most people consider them to be bothersome pests. Another household pest, rodents can be a constant problem. During cold weather, they will make every effort to enter your home. Below are a few tips to prevent pest problems on a year-round basis. Whether you choose to use natural methods of pest control or to use chemicals, there are certain preventive steps that you can take to rid your home of pests.

Seal all entry points and replace worn weather seal or weather stripping. Add new or replace worn door sweeps.  Insects are attracted to water. Remove standing water inside and outside of your home.  Don’t leave tires in the yard where water can collect.  Inside your home, don’t allow trash to collect. Regularly empty your indoor trash receptacles.   Outside of the home, ensure that garbage bins are tightly covered and placed away from entry points.

Remove rotting wood from both inside and outside of your home. Place fireplace wood at least 25 feet away from the entrances to your home.  Seal around pipes and vents which are entry points for rodents and bugs. Seal all gaps, cracks, and crevices where pests can enter your home.

Keep food storage areas clean and all food sealed in containers. Clean the kitchen countertops and remove traces of sugar, grease, or oil. Bugs are attracted to grease and sugar so keep appliances clean.  Remove clutter, oily rags, and newspapers which are fire hazards and they attract pests. Clear out storage boxes or check them regularly to deter pests.   Check clothing, paper, furniture, and other items brought into your home. They may be carrying pests that will find a place to live inside your home.

Replace damaged screens and check the vents and other entrance points in your home. Check the attic vents and the chimney cap. Replace damaged caps and install screens to keep rodents such as bats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, or birds from nesting in your chimney. Fix damaged window screens and put screens over vents to keep out rodents.

For insect or rodent removal, most people use natural methods or chemical products to remove them from their homes. Don’t leave harmful chemicals within the reach of children or family pets.  You can purchase baited bug traps and mouse traps at most big box retail stores or hardware stores. Natural pest control is a safer alternative. Prevention is the best method to deter pests.