5 Pest Prevention Tips for Winter

Most homeowners think of summer as “bug season.” But winter pests are also a major problem for homeowners in Woodstock. The cold weather drives rodents and insects indoors, where they have free access to food, water, and shelter. Studies show that 21% of homeowners have had a rodent problem, and 45% of rodent infestations occur during winter months. Protect All Pest Control has a few tips to give you a pest-free winter.

5 Winter Pest Control Tips

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  1. Mind the gap. You’d be amazed at how small an opening mats and rats can squeeze through. It just needs to be big enough for their skull—and they can chew it bigger! Seal any gaps, holes, or cracks that could be entryways into your home.
  2. Remove temptation. Your kitchen is a free buffet for winter pests, especially around the holidays. Instead of wrapping leftover cookies in plastic wrap, seal all your food in airtight containers.
  3. Deep clean. Crumbs on the carpet and the sweet scent of garbage tell pests that there’s a vacancy in your home. Wipe down counters, vacuum regularly, and empty the garbage as often as possible.
  4. Brush off brush. Do you have firewood stacked by the house, a pile of molding leaves by the porch, or a bunch of brush that never got hauled off during the burn ban? Outdoor scraps are a good place for insects and rodents to hide (and to sneak into your home when you’re not looking). If you can’t get rid of them, pile organic debris and downed tree limbs far away from the house.

Have you detected a winter pest infestation in your Woodstock home? Call Protect All Pest Control.

Do You Have a Rodent Problem?

It’s getting cold outside! This time of year bring about the family gatherings and holiday cheer. This is rodent control Acworthbecause once we transition from summer to fall, the critters outside will want to move indoors with us. It’s critter season! All of those squirrels, mice and similar pests that you forgot about when spring rolled around are coming home for the fall and winter, your home! The signs aren’t always obvious that we have a critter problem, so how can we determine for ourselves? Protect All Pest Control, located in and around Acworth, GA, has these warning signs to look out for!

Warning Signs of a Rodent Problem

  • What time of year is it? Like we stated before that cooler months tend to push these pests from the outdoors and into where it is a bit warmer. Start looking for warning signs when the weather cools.
  • Check for chewing. From wires to insulation, check all of the things for unfamiliar wear and tear. This might be an indication that a rat or squirrel has been chewing on them.
  • Droppings. This is a pretty sure sign that an unwelcome guest might be inhabiting your home.
  • Sounds that go bump in the night. If you are hearing strange noises like scratching or scurrying, it might be a signal to call in the experts. Often times, homeowners will not see the critters, but they might hear them.
  • Stains and Smells. Are you finding inexplicable stains around your home? Or can’t seem to get rid of that smell no matter how often you clean? This too, might be another sign that you have a furry little roommate.

If you are experiencing any of these warning signs listed above, contact us! We will come out quickly and asses the issue. You can also keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus!