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What's More Frightful Than West Chester Weather In The Wintertime?

December 14, 2015

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Oh the weather outside might be frightful, but at least it stays outside, right? I mean, when's the last time you had storm clouds form in your living room or a full blown blizzard in your kitchen? How about a hailstorm in the bathroom while you're trying to get ready for the day? Imagine standing in your bare feet in several inches of hail, hair ruined, clothes soaked. Just the thought should make you shiver. But, you know what else should make you shiver--besides winter weather inside your home? Mice, spiders, and stink bugs invading your space. These things are actually more frightful than the weather because they really do come inside.

Winter pests that might get in and what you can do to prevent them:

There are a number of pests that seek to come out of the cold and into your home in the West Chester area, both of the furry animal kind and the creepy insect kind. In this blog, we are going to focus on just a few, and then give you some tips on how to keep these and other pests out of your home this winter.

  • Mice: When mice sneak out of the wall voids of your kitchen and pitter pat their way across your floors, countertops, cabinets, and drawers leaving droppings and urine in their wake, they are potentially leaving all sorts of disease-causing bacteria. Some of the diseases mice are known to carry include salmonella, hantavirus, leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, and plague. These things are frightful enough, but they can also bring in lice, mites, and fleas that will plague you, your family, and your pets.

  • Spiders: Although dangerous spiders, like the black widow or brown recluse, are relatively rare, spiders in general are not a good idea to have hanging around your home. No one likes to be scared half out of their wits by a fat, hairy spider crawling across their face in the middle of the night.

  • Stink bugs: When stink bugs come out of hiding inside your wall voids, they crawl all over your walls, furniture, and curtains. They don't bite, but if you accidentally, or purposefully, squish one of these little bugs, they will release a foul smelling odor into your home.

Some things that will help keep pests out this winter:

  • Inspect your outside walls and roof for gaps or cracks and seal all holes using a caulking gun.

  • Make sure all your door sweeps, windows, and screens are repaired or replaced.

  • Use hardware cloth to seal attic vents.

  • Make sure all trash, indoors and out, is in containers with tight fitting lids

  • Store all foods inside the fridge or in hard plastic containers.

  • Thoroughly clean your kitchen and other areas where food is present.

  • Be certain frightful pests are kept out.

If you've done all you can and you are still dealing with winter pests in your home or if you want to be certain they don't enter in the first place, it is time to consider professional help. Here at Moyer Indoor | Outdoor our specially trained pest professionals are ready to eliminate all overwintering pests, and then seal up your home so that they do not return. Winter weather does not belong inside your house and neither do pests. Give Moyer a call and get protected today.


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