The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and quality time with loved ones. The last thing you want to worry about is unwanted pests invading your home. In this blog, we’ll take a look at what pests to watch for during this time of year and how to best protect your home.

Common Winter Pests in Missouri

During the winter months, pests seek refuge where there is food and shelter. Here are some of the most common to watch for.


There is nothing spiders love more than a warm place to hide. With all of the gift wrapping and decorating that happens during the winter months, it’s easy for them to find that in your home.


Ants are persistent year-round, but especially during the holidays when we’re spending more time in the kitchen cooking and baking.

Mice and Rats

As temperatures drop, mice and rats need warmth to survive. If they can find a way inside, they’ll seek refuge in your home.

Tips for Protecting Your Home

Here are some ways to best protect your home from pests during the holiday season.

Seal Entry Points

Pests often find their way into homes through tiny cracks and openings. Before the winter chill sets in, take the time to inspect and seal any potential entry points. Check windows, doors, and gaps in your foundation so that when pests are searching for warmth, they won’t find it in your home.

Hide Your Holiday Treats

One of the best parts about the holiday season is all of the delicious food…and pests agree! Don’t forget to store meals properly, watch for crumbs, and empty the trash regularly. A little extra effort in the kitchen goes a long way in preventing pests this time of year.

Be Intentional About Clean Up

Wrapping and unwrapping gifts are two things we do a lot during the holiday season! As many pests are seeking warmth and a good hiding place, be sure to pick up these areas so that they won’t find one in your home.

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