Prevent Pests from Using Home as a Source of Shelter

Follow this pest proofing advice to get through the end of winter

FAIRFAX, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As people cozy up on their couches, comfortably shielded from any gloomy
weather conditions outside, uninvited pests such as rats, mice and
squirrels are looking for ways to make these desirable homes their
refuge, too. To prevent these critters — which can carry an array of
diseases and can also damage property — from moving in, the National
Pest Management Association
(NPMA) recommends taking a few steps
necessary to pest-proof the home this time of year.

“With winter in the midst of its last hurrah, pests continue to search
for shelter, and food and water sources,” said Cindy Mannes, vice
president of public affairs for NPMA. “And, after a long season, our
homes can be made more vulnerable from the elements. Roof-damaging ice
dams caused by snowfall, cracks in foundations and ripped screens can
all open up entryways, inviting pests inside and making our homes more
susceptible to moisture.”

To ensure the comforts of home are only shared with desired company like
family and friends, and not with common household pests, the NPMA offers
the following advice:

  • Look for missing roof shingles, ripped window screens and cracks along
    the foundation, all of which are entry points for pests.
  • Seal cracks and holes, including openings for utilities and pipes.
  • Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement
    foundations and windows.
  • Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Clean out clogged gutters from fallen leaves and debris.
  • Vacuum around doors and windows. Frequent vacuuming can catch invaders
    like spiders, silverfish, earwigs and beetles.
  • Inspect garages and outbuildings for rodents or signs of a rodent
    infestation. Organize cluttered debris, boxes and random items along
    the walls where mice may hide or nest.

For more pest proofing advice, or to find a licensed pest control
professional, visit

The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was
established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment
to the protection of public health, food and property. For more
information, visit


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