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Winter can be deceiving when it comes to deciding on whether or not pest control is needed. Every winter season, Ehrlich receives calls from customers wanting to cut back on pest control services during the cooler months, believing pests are less active. And, every winter season, we receive desperate calls to reinstate services when they encounter an unexpected rodent or pest invasion.
Although the seasonal threat of stinging insects, mosquitoes, ticks, and ants may be coming to an end, there are still several pests that will make it their mission to find shelter inside your home this winter. Take a moment to review our 8-point winter checklist, highlighting the most easily accessible areas where a pest may enter your home.
Roof: Replace missing shingles and repair any roof damage to prevent rodents and other pests from entering your home.
Vents: Ensure all vent covers are intact to prevent rodent and wildlife entry.
Screens: Repair or replace any window, door, and porch screens that have damage. Holes and tears can allow pests to enter your home.
Vegetation: Cut back tree limbs and branches close to your home. Rodents and other pests can use these to gain access to your home.
Gutters: Clear debris from gutters and downspouts to allow water to flow freely so they are less attractive to pests.
Outside: Remove debris and trash, which can create hiding places for pests and rodents.
Garage: Make sure the garage is properly sealed to keep rodents, insects, and spiders outside where they belong.
Foundation: Seal any holes, gaps, and cracks larger than a dime. Mice can enter through an opening of this size.
If after reviewing our 8-point checklist, you feel there are areas of your home that are at risk, or that already indicate pest activity, Ehrlich can help. Regularly scheduled preventative treatments and a thorough inspection of your home will not only address your seasonal pest concerns, but they will also greatly reduce the likelihood of pests entering your home, especially those that are active during the winter.
Exclusion is the first step of an integrated pest management plan. Keeping potentially harmful rodents and insects out of your home, at the most basic level, may involve sealing and securing any potential entry points.
Addressing external entry points may require one or several of the following proactive pest-proofing services:
Sealing holes in brick, concrete, and drywall
Replacing chimney cap and dryer vent cover
Repairing or replacing torn screens and vent covers
Installing door sweeps
Once your home is properly sealed and necessary repairs are made, we would then apply an external pest control treatment, creating an invisible barrier around your home. This keeps pests where they belong—outside. Our most popular integrated pest management plan, known as PestFree365+, offers year-round protection.
Besides offering an in-depth inspection of your home, our annual pest control plan addresses over 36 different pests, including those that are active during the winter such as bed bugs, spiders, mice, rats, cockroaches and pantry pests. It’s the ultimate pest control plan for protecting your home 365 days a year.
Peace of mind
Long term pest control solutions
Reduced risk of disease-carrying pests entering home
Savings on costly repairs and services in the future
Added layer of protection against potential property damage
We are 100% committed to protecting you, your home and your family against potentially dangerous pests, and have been for nearly 100 years. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed – if you have any pest issues between service visits, we will come back at no additional charge.
Schedule your free pest inspection, today.
Interested in pest control for your home? Simply contact Ehrlich at 888-984-0186 and reduce the risk of rodents or insects from entering your home.