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Pests And The Holidays: Pest-Proofing Your Lawrenceville Home For Fall And Winter

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Heading into the holidays, we want to highlight the value of professional pest control services in Lawrenceville

As it turns out, many types of pests shift their behaviors during the fall and winter seasons. 

Unfortunately, this means certain pests can become much bigger problems for area homeowners during the cooler months of the year. But don’t worry– we’ve got key information on keeping these pests out of your home and what to do if you’re currently experiencing a pest problem. 

So join us for a quick rundown of pest control for fall and winter. 

Why Fall And Winter Can Bring Pests Home For The Holidays

Many types of pests try to retreat to indoor spaces when the temperatures start to drop. That includes many mammal pests as well as insect pests. They’re not capable of surviving outdoors in harsh conditions, and our homes offer them shelter. 

In addition to basic shelter, human homes also have the potential to provide pests with sources of food and water. And if pests find all this on your property, they won’t want to leave anytime soon. 

The good news here is that by mitigating the factors that attract pests during the fall and winter, you’ll be able to avoid pest problems before they even start. 

The Usual Suspects: Pests To Watch For During The Holiday Season

A pest infestation is exactly the kind of thing you don’t want to deal with during the hectic holiday season. In particular, you should stay on the lookout for certain pests that could easily get in the way of all that holiday cheer. 

Cockroaches need warmth and moisture to survive. In other words, they’re not big fans of snow or even frost. You can bet that, as soon the leaves start falling, cockroaches living outdoors will begin looking for other options. 

Spiders of all kinds are another type of pest that starts to seek shelter in the autumn. That’s partially for their own protection, but it’s also because spiders’ prey, typically small insects, retreat indoors during this time of year. 

Lastly, termites also thrive in warm and damp environments. Though termites are unlikely to appear out in the open, they can wreak havoc on the structural elements of your home throughout the holiday season. 

Five Tips To Pest-Proof Your Home This Fall

The foundation of quality pest control is strong pest prevention efforts, which is why we’d like to share five tips for pest-proofing your home against any number of different pests. 

  1. Use door sweeps on all exterior-facing doors. 
  2. Seal or repair small gaps in the walls of your home. 
  3. Reduce humidity in key areas such as bathrooms and basements. 
  4. Don’t leave food out for extended periods of time. When possible, store foods in airtight containers. 
  5. Regularly clean and disinfect floors and kitchen counters. 

By sticking to these five simple steps, you can significantly reduce the chances of encountering pests in your home during the coziest season of the year. 

Why It's Never Too Late For Professional Pest Protection

Local pest control can address the root causes of pest infestations and aid your prevention efforts as you prepare to winterize your home. In general, pest control providers are an excellent resource for pest-proofing projects, and they can also offer inspections to ensure there are no developing pest problems. 

DIY pest control can treat the symptoms of an infestation, but it doesn’t address the underlying problem. No matter how serious a pest infestation has become, pest control companies can always help get things back to normal, and you can return to enjoying the holiday season. 

Contact ProCare Pest Services today for help with holiday pests and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Lawrenceville.