Pest-prevention tips to fit all winter weather situations
With the arrival of winter comes all sorts of wicked weather, from ice to wind and heavy rain. We want to remind homeowners to take steps now to batten down the hatches and prevent any unwanted pests from taking advantage of their home’s vulnerabilities that can result from winter weather scenarios.
Typical cold weather pests such as rodents tend to seek shelter in higher numbers with the arrival of winter weather. These pests can not only cause structural damage to walls and electrical wires, but also spread diseases during a time when people are spending more time indoors.
Wind, rain and ice can all cause different types of home deficiencies that could end up granting pests entry both in the short and long-term. While Southeast Texas doesn’t usually see a lot of ice, we have seen our fair share of rain lately. There are many precautions homeowners can take based on the following winter weather conditions.
- Wind: Strong winds can cause damage to roof shingles. Cracked areas in the roof and siding are perfect places for nuisance wildlife, including raccoons and bats, to gain access to the home. Periodically check the roof for missing shingles and be sure to fix damage right away.
- Rain: Homeowners should check trouble spots for any leaks or areas of moisture caused by rain or melting snow. Pests such as termites are attracted to moisture and often go unseen as they build nests and grow their colonies inside homes. Be sure attics are dry and clear of water damage after heavy rain.
- Ice: Homeowners should keep on the lookout for ice dams, which form on roofs. The moisture backup from ice dams can cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation and drywall. This can attract a number of pests that love moisture such as carpenter ants. Keep an eye out for any leaky spots in the home that could indicate an ice dam and take action to remove it before further damage occurs.
Winter weather is aggravating in and of itself, but following these precautions will help homeowners avoid the additional headache of a future pest infestation.