wood mouseIn cold weather, some types of pests take shelter inside homes. These overwintering pests include ladybugs, stink bugs, and mice. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent these pests from coming indoors. Our team of experts has some tips for keeping overwintering pests outdoors where they belong.

Block Access Points

Pests can fit through tiny holes to enter your home. A mouse can fit through a nickel-sized hole, while a rat can fit through a hole the size of a half dollar. Of course, insects such ladybugs can fit through even smaller openings. To keep pests outside this winter, block access points they could use to get inside.

Outside your home, gaps or holes can be found around windows, around doors, or around utility entry points. Inside your home, you could find holes around cabinets, near floor corners, or around the pipes. Carefully inspect your home and seal up any entry holes you can find.

Be Careful of What You Leave Out

Pests can be attracted to clutter or food. To avoid attracting overwintering pests such as mice, be careful about what you leave out.

Clean and organize your home to reduce the amount of clutter you have. Clutter provides a safe place for pests of all kinds to hide and breed. Don’t forget to clean out attics, closets, or other out-of-the-way places.

Store food in secure glass or plastic containers to make it less accessible to pests. Clean up spills quickly and avoid leaving dirty dishes in the sink overnight. By leaving out less food, you can make your home less attractive to hungry pests.

Pick Your Battles

It’s important to remember that not all pests are harmful to you or your home. Some pests are just annoying or creepy looking. Ladybugs fall into this category. While you may not like them in your home, they’re not going to cause much trouble.

Instead, focus on the pests that can cause more serious problems. Mice can contaminate your food, spread diseases, and damage your home, so it’s worth the time and effort to keep them away.

This winter, take steps to keep pests from moving into your home. For help pest-proofing your home, or help controlling an existing pest problem, you can always turn to the Orlando pest removal experts at Apex.