Pest Control In The Winter
It is time to prepare for winter pests now that winter is here. During the winter months, your home is still susceptible to infestations. Most people believe that pests die off during the winter once temperatures drop, but this is not true. When temperatures drop, most pests hibernate.
Some prefer to hide under rocks or in the ground, but many prefer to find shelter in homes. Pest control is therefore extremely important during the winter months. Big Foot Pest Control can help you with rodent control if you do have an infestation. We offer a mice control program that will help you with any mice problems. Visit our website for more information on services and the areas we serve. Visit our website for more information on services and the areas we serve.
In the outdoor environment, a noticeable change comes with the absence of flying insects such as mosquitoes, flies, and bees as winter approaches. Pests that sting and bite us during summer and fall are a nuisance to outdoor activities. We are thankful that the cooler weather reduces the nuisance they cause. Even though flying pests are absent in the winter months, that does not mean that all pests are absent.
In the summer, bees and mosquitoes fly overhead. In the winter months, you can find mice, cockroaches, and spiders crawling underfoot. Unfortunately, these pests are seeking shelter from the cold in our cozy homes.
Keep pests out by taking preventative measures, since they can cause more damage than just cobwebs. Several diseases can be transmitted by rats, such as Salmonella and Hantavirus. Spider bites can endanger human health, and cockroaches are known asthma and allergy triggers.
Do You Need Pest Control In Winter?
Pests often have a hard time in the colder months. When the weather gets cooler, they look for a place to hide and stay warm. This could mean an increased chance of pest infestations in your home or office.
You should assess your needs in winter, so you can determine whether pest control is necessary. Are you experiencing pest problems? Due to the colder weather conditions, do you feel that pests are more likely to enter your building? Want to ensure that if there is a problem, it is handled properly? In that case, scheduling a pest control appointment is the best option.
How Many Times Should Pest Control Be Done?
A pest control method’s goal is to keep bugs from entering your home so you won’t have infestations. It is often dangerous to skip pest control during the winter because this presents a chance for bugs to easily invade, possibly causing an infestation.
Treatments for pest control must be applied regularly according to your needs. By doing so, pests are kept at bay, and infestation is prevented (which will cost much more than routine pest control). Depending on a variety of factors, some homes may require it more or less frequently. Most households and businesses need to have pest control in the winter.
Is Monthly Pest Control Necessary?
Or Is quarterly pest control necessary? The answer depends on your needs. Winter is generally a less active time for pests such as cockroaches, ants, and spiders. It doesn’t mean they don’t exist in the winter; it just means they’re less likely to find their way inside during that time. But there are some exceptions.
The type of pests you have in your home and your location will determine whether they prefer warmer weather or colder weather. It includes flying insects such as mosquitoes or ticks that might be more active during the winter if they carry diseases, such as Lyme disease, carried by deer ticks. As rats and mice search for food and shelter from the cold, they may also be more active in the winter.
Keeping the population under control and preventing infestations is important with monthly pest control. By doing so, you are reducing the potential health risks associated with pests.
What Kind Of Pests Might I Encounter At Home During Winter?
During the cold-weather months, spiders and rodents (such as rats and mice) tend to be the two most problematic pests.
To address this problem, pest control professionals generally look for clusters of cobwebs, then remove them and treat the infected area as well as places where they might try to infest again.
A rodent exterminator will also look for signs of rodent activity, particularly in basements, attics, and crawl spaces (as they avoid areas with a high volume of activity where they could harm humans or pets).
Some other pests that are probably less common than spiders, rats, and mice are:
- Cluster flies
- Boxelder bugs
- Carpenter ants
- Bed bugs
- Other rodents
Problems With Winter Pests
Here are just a few of the pests that can invade your home during the winter:
In the United States, there are more than 70 species of cockroaches. Some prefer to stay outdoors, and others are ready to come inside when the temperature drops. Multiple health issues can be caused by cockroaches, including asthma attacks and allergic reactions. By secreting waste or saliva, they can contaminate your food and spread nasty bacteria, such as E. coli and Salmonella.
According to the National Pest Management Association, more than half of all rodent problems occur in the fall and winter when rats and mice move indoors. It’s vital to be proactive to prevent a winter infestation of rodents since rodents are known to spread at least 35 diseases. Here are some tips:
- Using silicone caulk, seal all entry points, even the smallest holes or cracks. Make sure to seal places where utilities or pipes enter your home. Steel wool can be used to seal larger holes.
- Check your vents, including those in your attic and below your home in crawl spaces, as well as your chimney openings.
- Remove and replace any worn screens or weather stripping.
- Remove mulch and vegetation that is located within 20 inches of the foundation of your house.
Termites come in 2,800 different varieties, of which 185 are pests. These animals feed on wood, such as the wood in foundations and support beams of houses, and can cause severe damage that could cost tens of thousands of dollars. Even though some species burrow underground in the winter, they are not necessarily less active in more moderate climates. It is not uncommon for termites to winter inside comfortable homes.
Warning signs of termite infestation include:
- Termites in the reproductive stages of their life cycles may produce swarms of flying insects near light fixtures.
- Shed tiny wings that resemble fish scales.
- Dumped ridged droppings that looked like wood.
- Tunnels that look like mud rising out of the ground; if you destroy them and they are rebuilt, this raises a red flag.
- There may also be visible water damage and a moldy smell coming from walls, ceilings, and floors.
- A hole in wood, such as a hole in a wall or the edge of a piece of furniture; soil around the hole is another indication.
If you’re still not convinced that pest control in the winter is necessary, here are a few more reasons why it may be time to get your home checked for pests. In the cold months, insects and bugs will start looking for warm places to nestle inside of buildings or outside near heat sources like woodpiles. These creatures often seek out dry areas where they can stay protected from wind and snowstorms.
By taking care of any possible insect infestation early on before it becomes a problem, you’ll save money by avoiding costly repairs later down the line. We can help you with any pest control needs in the winter. If you are dealing with pests this time of year, don’t worry! Give us a call or email and we will take care of all your pest problems both indoor and outdoor for one low price. With our expert solutions, there is no need to deal with these bugs on your own when it’s cold outside!