Winters in Mobile, Alabama, can be warm, though some days in January can see temperatures in the 40s. Did you know the daily January high is around 60 degrees and the low is around 42 degrees? Pest control is important in the winter, even in warmer climates like Alabama.
One thing that people notice when winter approaches is that flying insects seem to disappear. In their place, out come the mice, cockroaches and spiders. And they seek refuge from the cold, finding it inside homes. Do you want spider bites? No. Do you want rodents running around your kitchen? Of course not. And cockroaches aren’t good either– they can trigger asthma and allergies.
How to Protect Your Home From Pests in the Winter
So, what can a homeowner do to prepare for winter and try and prevent winter pests from getting into their home?
The fall months are a good time to walk around the outside of the home and seal any cracks or holes you find. This will help prevent rodents from getting into your place. Keep in mind that a mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime!
If you have firewood, store it at least 20 feet from the home. That should help keep mice and ants away from your place.
If you’ve got clutter in certain parts of the house, clean it up. Rodents love to hide in cluttered areas. Now’s a good time to organize storage areas and move boxes off the floor if possible.
In your house, especially in the bathroom(s) and kitchen, check for leaky pipes or places where there’s moisture. After all, cockroaches and other critters are looking for water. Don’t give them any!
Finally, fix any damaged screens in windows and install door sweeps.