Getting a Head Start on Winter Pest Prevention, Part 2

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the common pests that may attempt to invade your home during the upcoming winter. While some of these may also be present during other seasons, there are also a few that are unique to the colder months and require some different tactics to ward off.

At A-1 Exterminators, we’re here to keep you and your family protected with everything from insect control and termite extermination to anti-bird products and rodent control services. Let’s go over a few more of the kinds of pests you can get a head start on preventing during the impending winter season.

Cluster Flies

Also known as attic flies, cluster flies are a major nuisance that will enter homes in large numbers to nest during the winter. They prefer to nest in spaces like the roof and wall cavities, areas that can be tough to pry them from once they’re there.

The primary tip we can offer on preventing cluster flies: Stop them from entering by replacing any damaged window screens and sealing cracks or holes outside the home. If you have open vents or other cavities leading to the outdoors, buy screens for these to prevent them from entering this way. If your weather stripping has worn down over time, replace it as well.

Moth or Drain Flies

These pests are the type that will attempt to enter through various pipes, drains or other such entry points in the home. They can be prevented by cleaning these areas, plus using a drain cleaner to remove the kind of slime that these pests tend to breed in. If you notice any of your drains are draining slowly or clogged, fix these right away – drain flies may also breed here.


When it comes to larger pests like squirrels outside the home, the main attraction is food. You want to remove any food sources that such animals might find outside the home, such as birdseed in many cases. Also, like many other pest types, sealing your home off from entry can go a long way to preventing any kind of squirrel issue. Because squirrels can also climb, we recommend trimming branches or bushes that are near your home and tall enough for them to potentially access the roof.


Raccoons require similar precautions to squirrels, with some additional attention placed on your outdoor garbage cans – these critters love to try and rifle through them for food or other materials, so ensure they have tight lids that can’t be pried open. In addition, if you have pets in the home, feed them inside or be sure to clean up their spilled food and water diligently, as raccoons will show up to clean up the leftovers otherwise. Like with squirrels, ensure roof access is prevented.

For more on preventing common winter pests, or to learn about any of our pest control services, speak to the staff at A-1 Exterminators today.

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