When the weather outside is frightful, pests want nothing more than to curl up inside your home and get cozy. However, there are some simple and important steps you can take to keep pests from using your home as a summer hideaway.Make sure all cracks around the outside of your home are sealed. This will keep out pests like mice and rats that, believe it or not, can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime. Also, check doors, windows and screens to make sure there are no holes that can serve as entryways.General yard clean-up can also make a big difference. Remove leaves that are close to your homes foundation, since they serve as an easy hiding spot for pests who can then quickly sneak into your home when you open the door. Debris, stones and bricks can also serve as hiding spots.Taking these precautions will help you protect your home this holiday season. Remember that some pests may not only be a nuisance but also can be a potential threat to your health. Pests can contaminate food and spread disease. However, by following pest control tips and having regular service visits by a pest control professional, pests can stay out of your home this summer.