Preventing Overwintering Pests in Your Home

Overwintering boxelder bugs on window

Preventing Overwintering Pests in Your Home

Now that we’ve moved into fall and the temperatures are starting to drop, you might be noticing some drafts in your home and realizing you need to prepare for winter. Unfortunately, all the pests out there are also trying to prepare for winter by taking up residence in your home, and those drafts your feeling are caused by the very holes and cracks that the pests will enter through. Take a look at some helpful information and tips on preparing your home for the winter and preventing pests from making it their own.

What Are Overwintering Pests?

Not all pests “overwinter”, but many are attracted to to warmth and light and seek shelter as temperatures drop. The most common pests known for overwintering are stink bugs, boxelders and beetles, but mice also tend to seek shelter in homes during the winter.

What Are Some Common Overwintering Spots?

Pests are attracted to home because of the warmth, but once they make it inside, they tend to overwinter in secluded areas where they often go unnoticed. Some common spots where pests may be overwintering in your home include:

  • Attic
  • Basement or crawl space
  • Storage areas
  • Wall voids
  • Behind appliances
  • Behind furniture and wall hangings

Preventing Overwintering Pests

Below are some steps you can take to prepare your home for the winter and prevent pests from entering.

  • Asses the perimeter of your home for holes and cracks, and fill them in with caulk.
  • Replace old and worn weatherstripping and doorsweeps
  • Replace torn window screens
  • Discard stacks of paper or newspapers and cardboard boxes
  • Seal food items tightly
  • Store firewood outside and away from the perimeter of your home
  • Rub screens and doors with dryer sheets

Suspect a Problem That’s Beyond Your Control?

Rely on the experts at General Pest Control to assess a pest issue in your home and to recommend the best plan of action. Contact us today!