Southern New Jersey, Delaware and Southeastern PA forecasters were predicting less snow, and more sleet, rain and wind. With the arrival of these harsh elements, pests will be forced to seek shelter in warm, protected areas, and this will also serve them well when they emerge in early Spring.
William T Hoffman, President and Associated Certified Entomologist of Hoffman’s Exterminating, notes that homes can serve as the perfect refuge for pests given their easy access to food and water sources.
It is a common misconception that when the temperature drops pests will simply disappear until the spring,” said William T Hoffman “The reality is that many pests synonymous with warmer weather, like mosquitoes, ticks, ants and termites, can survive well into the winter and some may even look to our homes for a warm place to stay.”
Hoffman’s Exterminating recommends the following tips from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) for keeping cozy by the fire without any interruption from winter pests:
- Trim back trees to prevent access to the underside of the roof overhang.
- Declutter the basement, attic and any utility rooms to remove harborage sites for rodents.
- Repair loose mortar and replace worn weather-stripping around doors and windows.
- Store food in a sealed container and keep crumbs off the floor.
- Seal any and all cracks or gaps on the home’s exterior with a silicone-based caulk, steel wool or a combination of both.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home on a raised, covered structure. Inspect pieces of firewood for signs of pests before bringing inside for use.
- Partner with a licensed pest control professional to inspect the home and address any pest problems.
“Another way to prevent a winter pest invasion is by avoiding ice dams,” added William Hoffman. “These dams can cause moisture problems in homes, which attracts rodents and cockroaches, among other pests. If a homeowner suspects an infestation of any kind this season, Hoffman’s Exterminating is only a phone call away.”