Winter is coming, and many of us are preparing to go into hibernation mode. While humans gear up to venture indoors with their favorite movies and snacks, insects are also looking for a cozy place to camp out for the season.
Many insects become dormant in the winter but seek out hiding spots where they will be protected against predators, and the cycle of freezing and thawing. Piles of leaves, loose tree bark, and cracks within your home’s foundation are all ideal options. However, stinkbugs, boxelder bugs, ladybugs, and fleas would all opt for taking shelter indoors. Your home may be an enticing setting, which is why it’s important to winterize your home now against insects and pests.
The best way to keep insects out is to make sure you’re not offering an appealing setting that drawls them in. Here are our best tips for winterizing against them:
- Clean out gutters and downspouts.
- Store firewood outside and away from your home.
- Prune plants around your home and remove dead plants entirely.
- Store trash and recycling in bins stationed away from your home.
- Repair damaged window screens and seal cracks in your foundation.
- Check downspouts to ensure water is being directed away from your home.
While these tasks are helpful in fending off insects throughout the winter, continuous pest control is your best bet for ensuring that the first signs of spring don’t leave you living with insects. Contact your local Mosquito Squad today to ask about year-round packages!