“You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout. I am telling you why. . .” Winter pests are coming to town, so you better make a list of ways to control their infestations. Seeking professional help is always the best option. However, there are certain things that you can do to protect your homes and prevent them from sneaking inside:

  1. Inspect your basements, attics, foundations, walls, cabinets, and areas under the sink for any signs of pests. They are often good at hiding, so you better look for droppings or urine stains, ground pepper-like for cockroaches, brown to dark, rice grain-like texture for mice, a larger one for rats, and sawdust-like droppings for termites. They multiply fast, so try to control them immediately using safe store-bought pesticides.

 

  1. Look for cracks in furniture, floors, roofs, and walls of the house and seal them well with a high-quality sealant. Cracks found in doors and window screens may be patched with a piece of mesh screen. Cracks in interior walls can also serve as nesting grounds for swarming termites. A hollow sound on walls when you tap them can signify a termite infestation.

 

  1. Put sealing strips on external doors that would keep the heat in and trap the insects and other pests out. It is not a bad idea, too, to set baits outside your houses for rodents and cockroaches.

 

  1. Check for clogged drains, leaking pipes, and other fixtures prone to leaking. Hibernating pests love moisture and seek water. Also inspect your gutters and downspouts for debris.

 

  1. Keep food in sealed containers to keep beetles and ants out. Wipe your pantry, kitchen cabinets, counters, and floors regularly and avoid dirty dishes on the sink so as not to attract these pests. A solution of vinegar and water sprayed on home insects can kill them without causing harm to people.

 

  1. Keep your clutter in sealed plastic containers. Cardboard boxes invite pests inside, so it is best not to choose those boxes for storage and opt for plastic ones, instead. Unused boxes must be inspected for rodents and other pests trying to make them their home.

 

  1. Holiday decorations can serve as hiding spots for spiders, rodents, and insects. We don’t want them as presents under our Christmas tree, do we? Shake your trees before getting them inside your homes. Spray the branches with water. Neem oil used as a spray is also a choice to control pests.

 

  1. Empty your garbage can inside regularly. Garbage cans outside the house should have secure lids to keep rodents and bugs out.

 

  1. Make it a habit to trim your trees and plants outdoors. Their branches could serve as a bridge for rats to crawl inside your roofs or chimneys. Santa does not want that.

 

Remember, if all your efforts to eliminate these pests fail, you can always contact your local professionals for treatment to keep pests at bay and enjoy the holiday season as merry as you can.