11-26-2012: How To Keep Your Home Pest Free Through Winter Months

Association provides recommendations for safely treating pest problems and preventing unwanted visitors 

Raleigh, N.C.—With winter right around the corner, the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) is reminding North Carolinians to work now to prevent rodents and pests from entering their homes during the winter months.

“As the temperatures begin to drop, many pests such as insects and rodents begin to search for winter homes, and the warmer temperatures of a house can offer an inviting place to spend the winter,” said Lee Smith, NCPMA board member.  “Homeowners should know that it is easy to prevent having these unwanted visitors during the winter months.”

During winter months, pests such as spiders, cockroaches and rodents tend to travel to warmer locations to avoid the cold weather.  Other insects including many species of flies and wasps seek suitable locations to spend these months over-wintering.  Homes and buildings provide a warm place for these pests to spend these colder months but can prove problematic for homeowners.

“Homeowners should act now to prevent pests and rodents from entering their homes.  Just a few simple steps can go a long way in preventing infestations and bigger problems down the road,” said Smith.

While many of these pests are harmless, some rodents and insects can carry harmful diseases or can create structural damage to homes.

The NCPMA provides the following tips for homeowners to prevent pest infestations over the winter months.

  • Caulk and seal any holes in your home and repair any holes in screen windows and doors.  Any opening can provide an entry point for pests seeking shelter.
  • Clean your house.  Insects and pests are usually looking for a warm place where they can find food.  Keep your floors and countertops free of clutter and food to avoid attracting pests indoors.
  • Keep garages, attics and basements clean and clutter free…and check your stored holiday decorations for any pests before you bring them down from the attic or garage.
  • Contact a professional pest management company for a thorough evaluation if you suspect an infestation.  A list of pest management companies is available at www.ncpestmanagement.org.

About the NCPMA

Founded in 1952, the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA), is the trade association representing the professional pest management industry in North Carolina. NCPMA promotes the continued cooperation and success of all pest management businesses in North Carolina.  Formerly, the North Carolina Pest Control Association, NCPMA is the only statewide association dedicated to representing and educating North Carolina’s pest management professionals.  To learn more about NCPMA, please visit http://www.ncpestmanagement.org.