Rodent standing up. Pioneer Pest Management talks about 6 Winter Pest-Proofing Tips for homeowners in Portland OR and Vancouver WA.The official start of winter is almost here and as temperatures begin to drop, pests may be trying to get inside. Cockroaches, rats, mice, spiders, and ants are common winter invaders so it’s important to not only seal your home against these pests but to also make your home less appealing to them. This is why we’ve compiled a list of 6 winter pest-proofing tips to keep your home pest-free this winter.

1. Store Your Food Properly

Pests seek a reliable source of food when looking for shelter. So keep your food in airtight containers and throw out the trash regularly.

2. Seal Cracks and Crevices

Inspect your attic and walk around the exterior of your home for signs of pests. Seal up any noticeable cracks in your foundation, including where utilities enter your home and along the roofline. If they are small cracks, use caulk. For larger holes, you can use screens to create barriers that are harder for rodents to breach. Also, inspect window frames and door jambs. You can apply window stripping in these areas.

3. Store Firewood Properly

Rats are attracted to firewood for shelter. So if you like to keep firewood handy, we recommend storing it at least 20 feet away from your home and at least 2 feet off the ground.

4. Keep Shrubs and Trees Well-Trimmed

Rodents are attracted to vegetation so keep the lower branches of your shrubs short enough to expose any rats and make them more vulnerable to potential predators.

Roof Rats are excellent climbers. It’s not uncommon for them to run along branches to gain access into your home through a window or the roof. So you’ll want to trim branches at least 4 feet away from your home or utility lines.

5. Store Boxes on Shelves

Rodents and spiders will inhabit undisturbed areas like unsealed storage boxes. So keep your boxes sealed and off the floor to prevent them from setting up homes inside of them.

6. Eliminate Moisture

Clogged drains and leaking pipes create the perfect environment for pests to breed. So, properly replace or repair any damaged pipes in your home to help eliminate moisture.

Experts in Pest Control

Rats, mice, and cockroaches can transmit diseases and some spiders can bite if they feel threatened. So if you have a pest infestation that you want properly taken care of, it’s best to contact a professional like Pioneer Pest Management. We will inspect your home, diagnose the problem, and provide an effective solution!