One of the best aspects of winter in Texas is the decline in insect activity. However, homeowners must remain vigilant to keep pests from quietly multiplying in the hidden corners of their homes. This year, prepare your home for winter with a customized pest control plan from Magnolia Home Inspection Services.
Pests in Winter?
Houston winters are typically mild and short-lived. Even still, temperatures can drop into the 40’s at night, sending pests scurrying for cover. Unfortunately, our homes make the perfect winter hideout for a variety of pests seeking warmth, food, and a hidden nesting site.
Kinds of Pests
Some of the most common pests that Houston homeowners deal with during the winter months include:
- Bed bugs
Additionally, other kinds of pests may choose your home as their winter nesting site. They quietly hibernate in your home, waiting to awaken and multiply when warmer weather hits. This is why winter pest control is so important: it eliminates known and hidden problems, and minimizes the number of pests in your home year-round.
Prepare Your Home for Winter
In addition to pest control services, we also recommend clients employ the follow practices to keep their homes free of pests:
- Seal holes and cracks. Mice, rats, and other pests are experts at detecting entry points into your home. In fact, rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter! To ward off invaders, inspect your home’s foundation, door and window frames, etc., for cracks and holes. Tightly seal any visible entry points to keep pests out.
- Trim shrubs and landscaping. Shrubs, bushes, fallen leaves, and other debris make enticing hiding spots for rodents and pests. Keep the area around your foundation clear of shrubs and debris to minimize hiding spots for intruders.
- Smart trash storage. Pests are not picky about food sources. As such, your garbage can lure rodents and pests from miles around. Keep pests away by keeping trash in a tightly sealed can far away from your home.
Winter is not the time to get lax about pest control. If you notice signs of pests in your home, contact Magnolia at (832) 303-8048. Our technicians will quickly identify any existing problems and work with you to eradicate all signs of infestation. We proudly serve the northwest Houston area, including Montgomery, Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, Cypress, and Tomball.