What’s Unique About Winter Pest Control?
As the temperature drops, we start to head inside more, and some of our least favorite pests head in, right behind us. We commonly associate pests like roaches, spiders, ants and other pests with warmer weather, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t active during the winter. So how do you identify an infestation during the winter? We’ll tell you what to look for and how to get rid of unwanted visitors this season.
Why Do Pest Come Inside During the Winter?
Mosquitos and bees disappear during the winter months every year. Cold environments aren’t suitable for these pests; the weather destroys most of their food sources. Pests like cockroaches, spiders, and rodents have different needs. All these pests need is water and food they can find year round. During the winter, people move inside, and so do most of their food sources. Insects move from house to house on a hunt for a warm, moist environment, where food is easily accessible. The tiny crumbs or water you leave around can be the only food they need to sustain life for days, even weeks!
Why Should I Be Worried?
One or two spotting’s may not raise an alarm. However, you shouldn’t ignore these encounters. In most cases, if you spot one insect their nest is nearby. Neglecting to act is a huge risk. Many pests are known to carry diseases like Salmonella, Hantavirus, or bite humans, which can produce serious side effects, including allergic reactions or allergies. Your safest bet is contacting a professional pest control company to inspect your home for pests.
What Can I Do to Stop Pests From Getting Into My Home?
Want to stop that first encounter from happening? There are a few things you can do early on to prevent pests from getting into your home. Check out our tips below!
- Seal cracks and holes leading into your home from outside.
- Eliminate all sources of moisture in, and around your home.
- Screen vents, window and other entryways to your home.
- Store firewood 20 feet away from your home.
- Keep storage areas clean and organized, with items off the floor.