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Winter Pests: What You Need to Know – Part One

When the winter weather arrives, you’re probably celebrating the exit of the flying, biting insects outside. Well, don’t pull out your party hat just yet. While some pests do make an exit in the winter months, there are plenty more that want to move into your warm and toasty home for shelter. Here are some of the most common winter pests and what you can do to keep them from moving in.


Holiday stories are full of cute little mice that help to bake cookies and make fancy ball gowns, but those mice are not the kind that wants to move into your house this winter. Mice are the most common rodent in the U.S., and they love dark, warm, secluded areas to move into – areas just like your basement and attic. They can cause a lot of damage to your home if they get inside, chewing up drywall and wires that could lead to serious health hazards. Plus, they harbor bacteria such as Salmonella and parasites such as tapeworms. You just don’t want them in your home.

To prevent these stealthy creatures from taking up residence, you should:

  • Seal up all holes and cracks – Block all avenues to get inside your home with steel wool or caulk. They can fit through very tiny openings, even opening as small as a dime, so make sure to get them all!
  • Reduce clutter in your home – Mice love to hide in clutter, so keep boxes and other stuff up off the floor.
  • Inspect your home regularly – You should look around for signs you have mice, such as damaged food, droppings or gnaw marks.

Norway Rats

These rats don’t just live in Norway! They love to set up homes in basements, often seeking out debris or other materials to make a home out of. They’ve got powerful jaws and determination, which means they can gnaw through things as tough as pipes in order to gain access to shelter. They also happen to carry some pretty serious diseases, such as rat-bite fever, cowpox, and jaundice.

You can keep them from getting into your home by:

  • Inspect your home – These rats can fit through openings the size of a quarter, so inspect your home outside to make sure they can’t get in and fill any holes or cracks with silicone caulk.
  • Plug up leaks – Make sure you eliminate moisture in basements and crawl spaces. They’re thirsty!
  • Look for signs of infestation – You can tell rats are present if you find greasy rub marks anywhere in your home. They have oily fur.

GreenArmy knows all the tricks to help keep the pests in and around your home away, so if you have concerns or questions, or notice pest problems, give the pros at GreenArmy a call today!

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