Flurry Worries: How Pests Deal with Winter Snow

Flurry Worries: How Pests Deal with Winter Snow

The ethereal white beauty of winter snow is a delight when you can enjoy it from inside your cozy, climate-controlled home. If you were forced to stay outdoors, snow wouldn’t be so pleasant. Insects, rodents and wildlife that survive winter weather do so by finding a warm space to live. Unfortunately, your comfortable house may be their prime target. You may find yourself with a few unwanted roommates when the first snow hits. Without the benefit of snow plows and salt, pests deal with snow by simply getting away from it. 

How Do They Get In?

Insects are small and can squeeze through almost any unnoticed crack or opening. Mice can enter through a hole no bigger than a pencil eraser. Rats can wiggle themselves in through a hole the size of a quarter. Cracks in your foundation, spaces between siding and concrete or even tiny roof openings are all potential entrances. Crafty rodents are great swimmers, so they can even swim through sewer lines, and climb up drain pipes. The reward of a warm living space complete with food and water is great incentive to find a way inside. Once they’re in, you can expect rodent and insect droppings, chewed food containers, infested pantries and unwelcome personal encounters with your new guests. 

How Do I Keep Them Out?

When it comes to shelter-seeking pests, prevention is the best cure. Hiring a professional pest control service to evaluate your home is the most affordable, effective and practical answer. Pest control experts are trained to find and seal the overlooked openings and structural weaknesses that allow pests to gain access to your home’s attic, basement, walls and interior. With an experienced professional on your side, you can enjoy the winter in a home that’s warm, cozy and free from infestation. 

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