Clegg’s Pest Control Winter Pest Forecast!
Is your home protected from winter pests? To prepare for colder months and the pests they bring with them, check out this article about what pests to look out for come winter contributed by our friend Karen Thompson of InsectCop.net!
Everybody wants to stay warm when the cold winter months roll in. And so do some pests. Most mammals and bugs remain dormant during these colder months but there are those that seek shelter in your home. These annoying pests can run rampant in your home not only causing you discomfort but even destroy the very thing that keeps you warm – the insulation of your house. And to efficiently get rid of these destructive pests you should know which pests to anticipate once the temperatures drop. Because only this way you will be able to spot the pests before they become a full–blown infestation. And now what to do once you have noticed them. Which is why here are some of the pests you ought to be prepared for during when it comes to winter as well as a few tips on how to keep them out of your house in the first place.
Widow spiders are a common winter nuisance. The black widow spider is an especially feared creature due to its viciousness. Their bite although nonlethal can have pretty crazy consequences from intense pain to nausea and even difficulty breathing. And despite the fact that black widow spiders bite only when disturbed, they still bite. Which is why you do not want these creepy crawlies coming inside your home. Especially when they are mating since that is when these spiders are most aggressive.
The bite of its cousin the brown widow spider isn’t much more pleasant. With symptoms like pain, headaches and muscle spasms you probably do not want to get bit by this particular species of spider either. So make sure you do not let these creatures get inside your home. And do everything you can to banish them from your house once you have spotted one or more crawling around your living space by using spider sprays and repellents or any other spider control method you can think of!
In wintertime ants, in general, become a huge problem for many homeowners. However, if there is one species of ant to really keep an eye out for it’s the Argentine ant. This invasive species of ant will not only banish the ants that might be already inhabiting your backyard, but will also take shelter inside your home once it gets too cold for them outdoors, using any gap they can find to do that. On top of that their nests consist of multiple queens meaning that Argentine ant colonies are big and the ants themselves multiply rapidly. So with these ants there is a large chance that what started out as a few ants crawling around your home will quickly become a massive ant problem. Not to mention they spread bacteria in their wake, since they love to spend their time in decaying objects and even waste products.
What to do once you have identified that Argentine ants are the ones infesting your home? Call pest control professionals immediately! You do not want to give them time to multiply or call in other nearby colonies to make your house their home as well! One of Clegg’s specialty is ant control so Clegg’s professionals will deal with your Argentine ant problem swiftly and painlessly.
Squirrels are annoying any time of the year. But just like humans once the cold season arrives tree squirrels bunk down in any indoor area they can find to wait for the winter to pass. And they love to set up their nests in people’s attics, basements and different crawl spaces your house might have. Because these spaces offer them a safe space to overwinter in and even breed since some species of tree squirrels use winter to reproduce. So what to do to make sure that doesn’t happen?
Firstly, you can make your home unattractive to the squirrels. Make sure the squirrels can’t get inside your home by sealing up all the possible entry points. And also clean your home and yard of any nuts, leaves, branches or anything else these rodents might use to create their nests. Because if there is nothing for them to build their nests from, there is less of a chance that they will decide to use your particular house to set up their winter shelter in.
There is no doubt that cockroaches are disgusting. But more than that, like many critters, roaches like to crawl through bacteria-infested areas and then straight to your table, pantry or other food-handling areas, which means that they can easily make your kitchen unsanitary and a breeding ground for microbes. So it is paramount that you get rid of a cockroach infestation as soon as you notice it. On top of that The Asthma and Allergy Foundation found has found that roaches actually are common aggravators for asthma and other similar diseases, therefore, really, fighting a cockroach infestation should not be delayed.
How to make sure your home doesn’t get infested by roaches? First and foremost, keep it and its surroundings clean, since roaches love greasy food residue or waste. Also, make sure your pipes aren’t leaking under your sink since that also attracts cockroaches. And prevent them from coming inside your home by sealing up any holes they might use to get indoors. This should let you steer clear of having to fight a roach infestation this winter.
How do you spot an infestation?
Whether you are dealing with small pests like moths or big ones like rodents, the best way to handle any infestation is catching it early. But how to know of pests have infested your home? Well, you have to be aware of any and all signs that might point to an infestation happening near or inside your home.
Check for physical damage to your home
Gnaw marks and holes are a sure indication that you have pests nesting in your home. Mice and rats are especially prone to leaving behind gnaw marks. Tiny holes on the walls or in your floors can also indicate a pest infestation since they more often than not use these holes to get inside your home. While damaged wood anywhere in your home from the walls to furniture can point to the presence of termites. These visible indicators are your cue to start seriously thinking about home pest control or to contact your local pest management professional.
Look out for droppings
One of the most obvious signs that you might be dealing with a pest infestation is pest droppings. It sounds like a task that would gross you out but looking out for pest droppings is a smart way to prevent a pest infestation before it has even begun. And once you identify the kind of droppings you’re seeing then you will also know what kind of pest you are dealing with.
Don’t ignore signs of a nest
Many pests will set up nests in the home they have invaded, so a nest is also the perfect way how to tell if pests have become permanent inhabitants of your home. So check your whole house regularly, especially all the dimly lit spots around the house, and make sure no pests have made your house their home. Some definite indicators of a nearby pest nest are shredded paper and weird smells and sounds around your home.
How to keep pests out of your home
Finally, let’s look at eight things that you can do to make sure that pests stay our of your home.
- Firstly, don’t keep trash in the house for too long. You should also ensure that the lids of your indoor and outdoor garbage cans are tightly shut at all times.
- Store your food in sealed containers. Tupperware ones or simple glass jars will work, but it’s best to invest in containers with rubber seals. This will make sure that ants aren’t attracted to your home.
- Also check dried foods that might be stored in your cupboards at least once a month because pests such as moths and worms can quickly become a permanent fixture in your dried foods. And either buy these foods in sturdy containers, or just store them in ones, so the pests have a harder time to get to them.
- Seal any and all holes or cracks you might find around your home. On top of that, check the air vents, as well as the outdoors walls and the foundation of your home, so there are no cracks that might go unseen.
- The outdoors space of your home also should be kept tidy. Meaning that you need to mow your lawn and trim the hedges often, especially ones that are near the foundation of your home. And make sure that no plants touch your home, since this creates an easy passageway for pests to get on and also in your house.
- Leaky pipes should be fixed immediately as water, especially stagnant water, attracts many different pests.
- Food buildup in your cupboards and on the kitchen countertops from falling crumbs and food waste also attracts pests. So make sure you keep these surfaces and your whole kitchen spotless.
- And lastly, don’t bring indoors any wood that you won’t immediately burn, because it might be hosting termites that can then quickly move to the walls of your home. And if you absolutely have to keep extra firewood inside your home, keep it elevated and away from the walls. This will make it extra likely that termites that might be hiding in the wood will also stay there.
Need help with pesky winter pests? Call Clegg’s!
If you have winter pests in your house, contact your local pest control heroes! With 50 winters of pest control experience under our belts, we are your go-to team of bug extermination pros! Contact our team today at (888) MRCLEGG and let us put that experience to work protecting your home.