How To Keep Pests Out Of Your Maryland Home This Winter


Can you name one pest that only invades your home during the fall and winter months? Most people would probably think of stink bugs or ladybugs first. These seasonal invaders are part of a group called over-wintering pests.

Other overwintering pests in our area include rodents, ants, cockroaches, and any other creature that can’t survive out in the elements. If you are looking for a way to stop overwintering pests from getting into your Maryland home this year, let us help you today by providing some simple prevention tips and tricks.

many ladybugs grouped together on a porch

Tip One: Address Attractants Around Your Yard

Many things around yards attract pests to Maryland properties. As the temperature drops in our area, your property is the last place you will want pests. To address attractants in your yard, start by cleaning up clutter and debris like toys, sticks, and leaves. After this, trim back bushes and branches and clear a five-foot perimeter around your home’s exterior. Finally, eliminate sources of water build-up after it rains.

Tip Two: Seal Your Home’s Exterior

Pests find their way indoors by crawling through damage and openings in the exterior of homes. There are ways to guard against pest entry, such as:

  • Seal your home’s exterior by sealing gaps and cracks, use a caulking gun.

  • Repair damage to window and door screens, making sure your exterior doors have door sweeps.

  • Replace torn or weathered weatherstripping, and install metal screens over vents and gutter drains.

Tip Three: Reduce Moisture

All pests need at least some moisture to live. Some need a lot. Fix moisture problems inside and around your home by repairing leaky pipes, wiping down sinks and bathtubs, making sure your gutters are clear and working correctly, and using a dehumidifier in your basement and other humid areas.

Tip Four: Store Food Properly

Although not all overwintering pests will eat your food, many do and will use your groceries as a way to survive the winter months. To keep pests out of your food, keep prepackaged dried foods like cereal and beans into sealed containers. Do the same for pet food and leftovers. Also, make sure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids. Finally, do not leave fruits, vegetables, or other foods out on countertops or around your home.

Tip Five: Clean, Clean & Clean Some More

Most pests thrive in dirty environments. For this reason, we recommend you thoroughly clean your home and do your best to keep things in good order. Make sure to wash beneath appliances and furniture and do not let dishes stack up in the kitchen.

In addition to this, make a habit of cleaning up food messes and drink spills directly after they occur. To go the extra mile, organize your storage areas and tidy up your home to eliminate harborage opportunities for pests looking for a place to hide.

Tip Six: Contact A Professional

Do-it-yourself (DIY) pest control is difficult and takes much time. It can also be ineffective depending on whatever pests are trying to invade your living areas. Let the experts at Capitol Pest find your solution today to identify pest pressures around your home and combat them this fall and winter.

We will thoroughly inspect your home and property for pests and inform you of which ones might be invasive. If any pests are already inside your home, we will implement advanced pest control measures to eliminate them fast. Finally, we will establish a lasting barrier around your Maryland home’s exterior designed to stop overwintering pests from getting inside effectively. Call today to learn more about our options.

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