The cold depths of winter do not seem like a time when most are worried about pests. We usually assume that it is too cold outside for these pests to enter our homes. Insects and rodents desire to find a warm shelter from the cold. Unfortunately, sometimes our homes end up being the shelter they choose. When our homes are have broken siding or even improperly fitted windows, these pests will take the opportunity for a warm place to spend the winter, whether you like it or not.
Rodents such as mice and rats are really a year-round problem, but they can be especially bothersome during the winter. When it is warm outside, many rodents happily make their homes nearest to the most abundant food source. In the winter, that place is your home. Breaches in siding or foundations can provide enough of an entry way for a few intrepid rodents to find their way in. Once they have adequate shelter is when they can quickly reproduce, which is what you should avoid.
While many insects either die before the onset of winter, they are opportunists by nature. When conditions that are suitable to their proliferation are available, they will take advantage. This means that one still has to be on guard against certain insects, even during the coldest part of the year. Silverfish, cockroaches, bedbugs and even weevils have been known to make peoples' houses their “home away from home” during the winter months. If there are breaks in the seals of one's doors or windows, these pests can easily get in and begin to breed and spread throughout one's home.
What You Can Do
Understanding that winter is not an annual respite from pests and what pests are most likely to be seen during the winter can help one nip the problem in the proverbial bud. Repair or replace windows or siding, to reduce the likelihood that one will have problems with pests to begin with. It can be very difficult, unpleasant and expensive to handle a pest problem once it has gotten out of control.
Simple preventative maintenance can help keep homeowners from having any pest problems to begin with. Ensure that all points of access in the home are properly sealed, and take precautionary measures to ensure no food is left open. Place dried foods in containers to help further prevent pest entering your home this winter.