The new year is a great time to set goals and make progress, so make winter pest control one of your resolutions. You might not think about pests as much in the winter as you do in the summer, but pests are thinking about your home and might be sneaking in without your knowledge. Keep reading to find out why you should take pest control as seriously in winter as you do in other seasons.

1. Pest Prevention

man resealing window from outsideIt may seem obvious, but unless you’re fond of having unwelcome guests that eat your food and sometimes your drywall, you’ll want to seal any holes and reinforce the weather stripping around windows and doors that may allow crawling critters to get inside.

  • Little pests, like termites and carpenter ants, enter the home through very small spaces.
  • Mice, squirrels, and larger animals, like raccoons, find their way inside though larger holes and carry diseases that could make you and your family sick.

2. Damage Control

roof with missing shingleWhen pests can’t get in, your home’s resale value is more secure. Preventing pests like mice from making your home their home also prevents the drywall and electrical wires from being chewed through. 

If you’re looking to sell a house, a buyer will be more attracted to a pest-free, undamaged home than a house that has any sort of damage from bugs or critters. If you’re a potential buyer, protect your investment, and have a pest inspection performed for a property you’re seriously considering.

3. Money Management

If you’re not accustomed to paying for winter pest control, you might end up spending more than you originally expected—but it will be money well spent. Don’t wait until you notice signs of a problem, or else you may have to spend more money on that infestation than you would have spent on preventative pest control services in the first place. If there are any other problems found while fixing the first infestation, you’ll have to shell out even more money.

4. HVAC Efficiency

Sealing up any holes on the outside of your home as a pest prevention tactic will prevent heat loss and increase your home’s HVAC efficiency. In turn, the increased energy efficiency will save you money and keep you warmer. Your body and your wallet will thank you.

5. Limited Emergence of Spring Pests

Winter pest prevention measures also reduce the number of bugs that surround your home in the spring. For instance, when termites can’t lay eggs in your attic, the eggs can’t hatch there, and you avoid a major headache. Plus, you can take comfort in the fact that your home has been properly maintained all year.

When it comes to winter pests, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Taking the time to protect your home from seasonal nuisances will keep your home and its occupants happy and healthy.