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By Mary Beth Harrison | Agent in Dallas, TX

Home Maintenance Tip

Tips to Prevent Pests This Winter Season

Winter season's unwelcome pests may soon join homeowners by the fire to stay warm and dry. Colder temperatures send wintry pests, such as rodents, spiders and cockroaches, searching for food, water and shelter indoors.

Mice are a common winter nuisance and only need a space the size of a nickel to enter a home. Once inside, mice and other rodents can cause considerable damage and pose serious health risks to people and pets. Homeowners need to inspect for rodent droppings in undisturbed areas, especially since droppings can trigger allergies and spread disease such as Hantavirus.

During the winter months, spiders and cockroaches take advantage of damaged or missing screens on doors and chimneys to access the home. Once inside, cockroaches can easily contaminate unattended food and water sources. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) offers a few important measures to prevent pests this winter season:

  1. Seal any cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home.
  2. Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
  3. Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  4. Repair fascia, soffits and rotted roof shingles; some insects are drawn to deteriorating wood.
  5. Replace loose mortar and weather-stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  6. If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the pest problem.

For more information, visit www.pestworld.org.

Reprinted with permission of RISMedia, publisher of Real Estate Magazine.

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