Winter is a time that some love and others are dread. Temperatures fall, there’s often snow and ice, and the holiday season brings time with family and friends. Unfortunately, winter can also bring in some truly unpleasant things...one of them being an increase in the pests you see inside your home. Insects and rodents tend to flee the cold weather and cozy up inside your warm house. Below we will discuss the four most common pest problems you may run into during the winter season.
Mice & Rats
Mice and rats can technically be an issue anytime of the year, but the winter season seems to bring them inside in greater numbers. That’s because these pests are looking for a cozy space to set up camp when it’s freezing outside, and your home is the perfect spot.
These rodents are often found in dark, secluded areas, such as basements and attics. Sadly, these pests can cause quite a bit of damage to your home if they are left to live in peace. They may chew through drywall and electrical wires, which leaves your home at risk for fire. They also both spread many different germs and bacteria throughout your home. Obviously it’s in your best interest to keep them out. They can fit through tiny areas, so keeping your home sealed up tight is essential. Check for cracks or gaps in the structure of your home, and install weather stripping around windows and doors in order to keep these pests outside where they belong.
If you live in an area where raccoons are frequently spotted, the winter months put you at risk for a raccoon invasion in your home. During this time, raccoons seek out the shelter of your home to escape the winter weather. Any young raccoons born the previous year will set out to establish their own den during this time, which could easily be in your home, and they may set up shop for three weeks or longer. If you suspect that you may have a raccoon or two in your home, contact a pest control expert immediately. Left in your home for long periods of time they may do incredible amounts of damage, so removal is essential. However, do not try to remove the pest yourself as they can potentially be dangerous.
Spiders are typically never welcome guests inside the four walls of your home. If you seem to be seeing more spiders than normal this winter, it’s time to take action. First, be sure that you are keeping your home as clean and tidy as possible. Spiders often make their home in dusty corners or underneath piles of clutter. Sweep and vacuum often, and clean out rarely used areas on a regular basis. You should also make sure that you aren’t providing easy access. These pests need an even smaller opening to come inside than rats and mice, so it’s important to seal up every crack and crevice that you happen to spot. Finally, having your home sprayed with a spider repelling solution is going to be one of the best possible preventative measures you can take. Contact your local pest control company to ask about prevention for the types of spiders you are seeing most often
If you are bringing firewood into your home on a regular basis in order to create a roaring fire in the fireplace, you might accidentally be bringing in a number of pests with you. Termites, stink bugs, and Boxelder bugs often set up camp inside the firewood you have stacked outside your home. These insects may make their way inside even if you don’t bring the firewood in if you have it stored close to your home. In order to prevent these pests from invading your home, stack the wood as far from the walls of your house as possible, and make sure it isn’t touching the ground. Store it under sheets of plastic in order to possibly overheat the insects in warmer months. When you go to bring the firewood inside to start your fire, inspect each log carefully before doing so.
As you can see, prevention is really key when it comes to winter pests. If you haven’t done so already, speak with a trusted pest control company in your area to set up preventative measures before it’s too late.
Zap Termite & Pest Control is a pest control company based out of Sacramento, CA.