The National Pest Management Association released a list of tips and advice for those looking to keep pests out of their homes during the winter months.

Pests are often thought of as a warm weather issue but the NPMA is reminding homeowners that winter brings with it potential pest problems. When the temperature drops, cockroaches, ants, mice, rats and other common invaders look for a warm place that has easy access to food and water to nest during the winter and often find their way into homes.

Homeowners are encouraged to follow winter pest-proofing tips recommended by NPMA experts:

— Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home using caulk or steel wool.

— Replace loose mortar and worn weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.

— Screen vents to chimneys and repair damaged screens.

— Maintain well-organized storage areas, placing items in sealed plastic bins off of the floor.

— Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home on a raised structure.

— Keep branches and shrubbery trimmed away from the home.

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