The Most Common Winter Pests

Raccoons
These pests, are rabie carriers that enter homes through chimneys and attics to look for a place to set up their den.

Rats, House Mice, and Rodents

These little creatures are active throughout the year but especially during the winter because they are looking for food and warmth.  House mice can damage your property if they’re not controlled. They will chew through wires and drywall and can spread diseases.
Cockroaches
They enter your home through grocery bags, boxes, and secondhand appliances. Cockroaches are also in places where moisture is building up, including in bathrooms and kitchens.
Recluse Spiders
These pests like to hang out in the dark places of your home. Attics, crawl spaces and closets. Recluse spiders also build their webs in ceiling corners, window moldings, and boxes. These spiders have viscous bite that can be harmful to humans.

Winter Pest Control Guide

Tips to prepare for winter pests

Clean out the gutters and keep your home tidy.  Firewood is a perfect shelter for roaches because wood collects moisture. Keep the firewood covered and at least 20 feet from home.  Rake the leaves that can be hiding places for pests. Particularly those near your home.  Inspect your home for any cracks, openings, and damage where pests could enter your home, especially on the windows and doors. Seal gaps and openings.   Make sure to hose down the plants that you plan to bring inside your home in order to prevent pests from entering inside.  If you suspect pests in your home call a professional to come in and inspect your home or office.  Swift Services is here to help.

If you’re planning to use the chimney in the cold winter months, you should check that there are no pests, including squirrels, bats, and birds that can take shelter in the chimney. Clean the chimney and ensure its cap is in place. Keep your lawn clean and free of slugs and snails.