Every fall, pests and rodents go into survival mode and begin their search for a place to call home during the winter until they can go outdoors again. Unfortunately, our homes are often their top choice for a winter retreat as they provide a warm shelter and easy access to food and water.

Once inside, rodents, cockroaches and other invaders can contaminate food, spread disease and more.

Green Pest Defense recommends heeding the following fall pest-proofing tips to minimize the threats that pests pose to health and home:

  • Screen attic vents, openings to chimneys and any other areas that are open to the outdoors, like mail slots and animal doors.
  • Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry. Consider using a dehumidifier in these areas.
  • Keep kitchen counters clean, store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
  • Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows.
  • Inspect boxes of decorations, package deliveries and grocery bags for pest damage before bringing them indoors.
  • Avoid leaving pets’ food dishes out for long periods of time.
  • Contact a licensed pest control professional if an infestation is suspected.

Another piece of advice we can offer homeowners is to keep an eye out for any signs of wear and tear around the home. Pests will take any wall, door or window opening as an invitation to enter. Caulk and steel wool can work wonders to keep pests from finding a way into the home.