The winter season in San Antonio is typically mild, but when the weather does turn cold, the pests that have been hanging around the outside of your home will now try to find a way into your home. When the weather turns colder, the bugs, mice and other pests that have been spending their time outdoors start to see your home as a haven of warmth in an increasingly hostile world.

The migration typically starts with the smaller insects which is soon followed by other pests looking not only for warmth, but a ready supply of food.

If you do not take the right steps now, you may be sharing your home with hundreds of unwanted guests once the winter season starts and the weather gets colder. Here are some proactive steps you can take now to keep those unwanted pests from making your house their winter home.

  • Examine the exterior of your home for cracks and crevices that could admit bugs, rodents and other unwanted intruders.
  • Seal any cracks or holes you find with a quality sealant and check to make sure the fixes are holding.
  • Remove cardboard boxes and paper bags from your garage and storage areas – mice love to use cardboard boxes and paper bags as winter nests. Use resealable plastic containers for storage instead.
  • Trim back your shrubs and remove fallen tree branches and other debris. An overgrown exterior creates an attractive nesting environment for rodents.
  • If you heat with wood or have a wood fireplace, use pallets to keep your firewood at least five feet off the ground. Also make sure the firewood pile is at least 20-30 feet away from your home.
  • Use repair tape or patches to seal cracks and holes in your screens. Remove window air conditioners and make sure your windows and doors are sealed tightly.
  • Add door sweeps to all your exterior doors to make it harder for pests to enter your home. Those door sweeps and insulators can also reduce the amount of heat that escapes your home in the cold winter months.
  • Install screens in front of your chimney openings and in front of all vents. Mice and other rodents can squeeze through even the tiniest cracks; screening all access to the outdoors can keep those pests out of your home.
  • Use odor-blocking trash bags in your home and garage and take the garbage out regularly. Invest in insulated and tamper-proof trash cans if deer and raccoons are a problem where you live.
  • Store food in airtight containers, especially if you keep emergency rations in the basement or garage.

Contact a pest control professional if you suspect a problem. Dealing with an infestation promptly can stop it from spreading and help you avoid serious damage to your home.

The time to keep pests out of your home is now – before they have found a way in. Bugs, mice, spiders and other pests and insects are constantly looking for a way into your home, especially in the wintertime. Denying them entry can keep your home – and your family – safe from a dangerous infestation.