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Preparing Your Home from Pests Invading in the Fall and Winter

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Preparing your home for fall and winter pests is an important step in preventing infestations and maintaining a comfortable living environment. Here are some tips to help you prepare:

  • Seal Entry Points: Inspect your home for any cracks, gaps, or holes in the exterior walls, foundation, doors, and windows. These are common entry points for pests. Seal them with caulk or weatherstripping to prevent pests from entering.
  • Check Screens: Examine window screens for tears or holes, and repair or replace damaged screens. This will prevent insects from entering your home while still allowing fresh air to circulate.
  • Clean the Exterior: Clear any debris, such as fallen leaves or branches, from around your home’s foundation, as pests can use these as hiding places or pathways to access your home. Trim back bushes and shrubs that are in close proximity to your house.
  • Store Firewood Properly: If you use firewood, store it at least 20 feet away from your home. Pests like termites and ants can infest firewood, and you don’t want them to spread to your house.
  • Repair Leaky Pipes and Faucets: Moisture attracts pests like cockroaches, silverfish, and rodents. Inspect your home for any leaks in pipes, faucets, or the roof, and repair them promptly to eliminate potential water sources.
  • Clean and Declutter: Regularly clean and declutter your home, especially areas that are less frequently used. Pests thrive in cluttered spaces, so keep storage areas, basements, and attics tidy and organized.
  • Properly Store Food: Keep your pantry and kitchen clean and well-organized. Store food in airtight containers to prevent pests like pantry moths, ants, and rodents from accessing it. Don’t leave pet food out overnight.
  • Install Screens and Door Sweeps: Install screens on doors and windows, and use door sweeps to seal the gap between the bottom of the door and the floor. These measures will help keep pests out while still allowing ventilation.
  • Maintain Landscaping: Trim tree branches and shrubs that touch or hang over your home’s roof or exterior walls. This prevents pests like rodents and squirrels from using them as bridges to access your home.
  • Schedule Regular Pest Inspections: Consider hiring a professional pest control service to inspect your home regularly, especially before the onset of fall and winter. They can identify potential problem areas and provide appropriate treatments.


By following these preventive measures, you can significantly reduce the chances of pests infesting your home during the fall and winter seasons. Call ANTEX Exterminating for your next pest inspection,  910-822-0099  in Cumberland County and 910-295-5882 in Moore County area to schedule an inspection today.