The idea that pests and insects die off in the winter is a common misconception. Sure they slow down, but they certainly don’t disappear. The insides of  walls and attics in warm, cozy buildings make a great place for pests to feed, grow and reproduce during the long, cold winter months.

Pests want to be indoors during the winter for the same reasons you do. Luckily there are steps you can take before the first snowfall to prevent pests from invading your space.

Insects, especially spiders are well known for making their way into buildings and homes during the winter. To help prevent them from showing up, make sure to seal all holes, cracks, windows and door jams. Walk the perimeter of your building or home and examine the condition of the walls and foundation. Make sure to vacuum every room from wall to wall.  This will ensure you get rid of any eggs that may have already been brought inside.

Mice and rats are also very skilled when it comes to finding their way in through very small spaces (mice can fit through an opening the size of a dime, and rats the size of a quarter.) Just as with insects and spiders, make sure to seal any cracks or holes on the exterior of your building or home. It’s also important not to leave out food and to keep opened items in sealed, airtight containers. Nothing is more appetizing to a rodent than a warm home with free food.

Squirrels and raccoons are known to inhabit attics during the wintertime. They make their way inside through chimney vents and holes in the roof. Cover chimneys and stove pipes with screens. Again, seal up any possible entryways with plywood or a similar sturdy material. It also helps to cut back trees and branches that make an easy passageway for critters.

By taking these steps, you can help prep your building or home from pests this winter. If the problem has already started or the task is too much to handle, consider reaching out to a professional pest management service provider to treat your home or building for the colder months.