How to Winterize Your Home Against Pests

One of the most important things any homeowner should do is winterize properly. It’s generally important to keep your house and property pest-free all year round. The winter months are even more crucial since both insects and animals are desperate to find food and shelter once the cold weather comes.

That’s why we’ve prepared this quick article about how to winterize your home against all kinds of pests so that you can have safe and pleasant winter holidays.

What Pests Should You Winterize Your Home Against?

There are two major groups of pests you need to winterize your home against: rodents and insects. Both can be very annoying to deal with, can carry a lot of dangerous diseases, and can do a significant amount of property damage.

Rats and mice, in particular, can infest our attics, crawl spaces, basements, garages, and gardens in the winter. Raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks, and other rodents can, too. They can use them as nesting grounds and their populations grow rapidly, causing a ton of property damage in the meantime.

Insects, on the other hand, can come in literally thousands of different species. Spiders, termites, cockroaches, ants, wasps, silverfish, mites, bed bugs, moths, and many others can come into our homes. They can set up camp in our crawl spaces, basements, attics, and living quarters. Our food, clothing, furniture, and even walls and floors can easily get overrun by their nests and colonies.

To prevent these scenarios from happening, you’ll need to properly winterize your home and property. To achieve this, you must eliminate all possible food sources, deprive them of their preferred living conditions, and cut off all access to your home and property.

10 Ways To Winterize Your House and Property To Prevent Pests

1. Clean out your gutters and downspouts

Yes, we’re starting with one of the more disgusting tasks, but it’s essential for pest prevention. A lot of bugs and pests love to hide and nest in dirty gutters, so cleaning them out before winter is very important.

2. Cut back all plants around your house

For garden lovers, this may be an unpleasant task, but it’s important. Dead plants are a surefire way to attract bugs to your property. This is a very bad idea, especially if the plants are near your house. Trim everything you can and leave your yard as “naked” as possible.

This will also help with your plants’ root development, yielding gorgeous results in the spring. So, it’s a good gardening move, too!

3. Get rid of your veggie garden

The reason for this is exactly the same as with your flowers and other plants: dead things attract bugs and pests. Plus, cleaning out your garden in the fall will free up your veggie patch for quick replanting in the spring.

4. Use weather-resistant sealant on your foundation

Every home has cracks and nooks in its walls and foundation, so it’s important to take care of them. Bugs and rodents can fit into some very tight spaces, so the better you seal them off, the greater your chances are of having a pest-free winter.

5. Use weather stripping on your doors and windows

This is a great way to not only keep your home from losing heat but to also keep any insects from getting in.

6. Take proper care of your trash containers

It’s very important to store your trash away from your home. Everyday trash is one of the most attractive things for both bugs and rodents in winter. So, the further away it is from your home, the better. Even if it’s far enough away, you should still make sure that it’s well sealed and inaccessible to pests.

7. Keep firewood away from your home

The reasoning behind this is the same as with trash. Countless insects love nesting in or even eating dry wood, so it’s great to keep it far away from your home. Also, when you’re bringing firewood indoors, make sure you do it a bit at a time and that you check the wood for pests before bringing it indoors.

8. Eliminate all existing insect colonies or nests before winter

Even the smallest cockroach nest can grow into a full-blown infestation in a matter of weeks. You definitely don’t want this to happen in the middle of the winter. Take the time to fully examine your home and property, killing any unwanted pests you find in an effective manner.

9. Spare your common household spiders

Yes, we tend to view spiders as pests and they often are. If, however, you only have the common, harmless household varieties (not black widows or brown recluse spiders), it makes sense to leave them be. They’re not fun to look at, but they are a great tool to kill off any unwanted insects that are wandering around your home.

10. Seal your crawl spaces

Make sure that your crawl space, attic vents, basement pipes, and other such openings are tightly sealed off.


As you can see, there’s quite a lot to do before winter, so it’s best to do it as early as possible. The more effectively you do it, the better. Once our homes and property are properly winterized, we’ll be all set for a happy, calm, and pest-free winter season!

Are there any house winterizing tips we’ve missed?

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