One fact about North Carolina that no one likes is that pest problems continue year-round. However, the type of pests and their method of entry into your home can change as temperatures drop. This can make for some uncomfortable surprises at first, but the good news is that winter pests, once spotted, can be controlled.
North Carolina’s Winter Pests
The most common pests customers call about during the cold months include the following:
- Stink bugs
- Wildlife (rodents, rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, possums)
- Small wood pests (spiders, ants, roaches, beetles, flies)
Due to unusual weather patterns and the warmer fall North Carolina is experiencing, summer pests are also expected to stick around longer than is typical this year. This also includes termites, which tend to stay active year-round when temperatures are warmer than normal.
Winter Pest Detection
North Carolina newcomers in particular can be surprised by winter pests who find creative ways to enjoy the warmth of your home. Pests may travel inside on shoes, inside pant cuffs, buried in firewood, inside winter snow removal equipment and gear, through pipes, along utility wiring and even by chewing their way into the attic or basement.
Learning to keep a keen eye out for their presence can help you nip a growing pest community in the bud by quickly calling out the pest experts. This can be particularly important for removing larger wildlife, such as rodents. Not only can nest-making rodents chew through electrical wiring and start fires, but they can be dangerous to handle if you are not trained in animal removal.
Taking Charge of Winter Pests
Once you notice you may have a problem with winter pests, it is time to call in the pros. By identifying the affected areas and providing the right treatment for the type of pest that has invaded your home, the issue can be quickly and safely contained and controlled. Your pest control specialist will also give you tips to prevent pests from re-entering your home.
For more tips on keeping your home free from unwanted pests this winter season, contact Clegg’s online or on the phone at 888-672-5344 for a complete evaluation of your home or business.