Three Ways to Protect Against Pest Problems This Winter

The National Pest Management Association shares best practices for
keeping pests outdoors

FAIRFAX, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#pestproofing–This winter has been far from normal — from the record-breaking amount
of snow down south to the catastrophic flooding in California — and
there is still a long winter ahead of us. This type of tumultuous
weather causes many pests to seek shelter and warmth, and unfortunately,
homes serve as the perfect respite. According to the National
Pest Management Association
(NPMA), there are three key issues to
keep top of mind this winter to help keep pests out.

One such issue is ice dams, which form on roofs and prevent snow from
melting. Clear them out before they become a problem. “The moisture
backup from ice dams can cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation and
drywall, which can attract various moisture-loving pests such as carpenter
,” said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for NPMA.
“Use a roof rake to dissipate potentially problematic accumulations of

Winter can also wreak havoc on pipes inside the home, and burst pipes
can create significant damage and moisture problems that pests love.
Homeowners are encouraged to shut off the valve to exterior faucets,
usually located in basements or utility rooms, and to disconnect and
drain garden hoses and bring reels indoors for the winter. “Frozen pipes
inside the home can lead to leaks, which can also attract termites.
Termite infestations can often go unseen as they build nests and grow
their colonies inside homes,” noted Mannes.

And, keep an eye out for potential entry points. Many pests seek out
exterior cracks for easy access inside homes, including mice and rats.
Rodents easily squeeze through small cracks that might get
overlooked, especially where utilities enter homes. And, they can cause
electrical damage by chewing through wiring. “Use steel wool around
openings and a silicone-based caulk on any cracks to avoid potential
visitors,” added Mannes.

If you suspect an infestation, contact
a licensed pest control professional
. For more information on winter
pests, visit

About the National Pest Management Association

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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