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Gone are the days when you had to cover yourself with smelly bug spray to protect yourself from mosquitoes. No longer do you have to tuck your pant legs into your socks to protect yourself from ticks. And who has to worry about bugs or wildlife destroying the garden? It's wintertime. You can just sit back and relax, Right?

Just like people, many pests enjoy the comforts of staying indoors for the winter. And this can be a major problem. Insects and animals that get inside your home are not only a nuisance; they can be a danger to your health and your property.

  • Rodents, alone, invade an estimated 21 million U.S. homes each winter.

  • Mice and rats are known to spread diseases such as salmonella and hantavirus. They also contaminate food and bring in parasites such as lice, mites, ticks, and fleas.

  • Rodents also chew and destroy. They will destroy stored items, insulation, and can pose a fire hazard by chewing on wires.

  • If ants or cockroaches have invaded your home, these can trigger allergies and asthma attacks and potentially spread disease, transmit bacteria, and contaminate food.

  • If termites have made their way into your walls, they will continue to eat away at the wood of your home 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They do not take a break in winter.

Some things you can do to protect your home:

  • Find and seal up gaps, cracks, and holes on the outside of your home. Don't forget areas where utilities and pipes enter the structure. Keep in mind that a mouse only needs a hole the size of a dime to squeeze through.

  • Install screens over chimney vents and other openings.

  • Replace loose mortar on your foundation and weather stripping around basement windows.

  • Store firewood well away from your home and keep it up off the ground.

  • Trim back bushes and tree branches from the outside of your home. Animals use these as bridges to get to your house.

  • Inspect wires, insulation, and walls for gnaw marks made by rodents.

  • Keep all food in the refrigerator or in sealed plastic containers.

  • Keep your house clean and free of food crumbs and spills. Pay close attention to hard-to-reach areas such as under the refrigerator and between the stove and counter.

  • Do not leave dirty dishes stacked by the sink. If you can't wash them right away, place them in a sink full of soapy water.

  • Contact a professional pest control company to do an inspection.

If you are seeing signs of rodents or insects inside your home this winter, or you want to make sure you are safe from the dangers they can pose, our pest professionals here at Witt Pest Management would be happy to help you out. Don't take chances with your health, the health of your family, or the investment you have in your home. Let Witt help you take care of those pest problems.

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