As temperatures drop, most homeowners abandon their pest control efforts with the highly noticeable absence of flying insects. However, you must keep in mind that the absence of mosquitoes, flies, and bees, doesn’t mean there won’t be any pests at all during winter.
Also, it is not completely true that all animals – including pests – are in hibernation mode in the cold months. Some are still on the lookout for warmth and sources of food and water. And they might just find your house a great prospect if you fail to continue your pest management routine.
Which pests can you expect during winter?
According to industry experts, the most common pests often seen during winter are mice, cockroaches, and spiders. These pests are found sneaking and crawling underfoot looking for the most convenient hiding place where they will wait for the cold months to pass. And for them to survive, they need a place that offers warmth and an immediate source of food and water.
Aside from the inconvenience they bring, the primary reason why you need to do pest control is that of the dangers they bring. Mice and other rodents are known to carry harmful diseases which they can transfer easily to humans by walking on their food. Spiders could bite, which can be poisonous depending on the species. Cockroaches, on the other hand, could carry various bacteria and microorganisms that can trigger asthma and allergy attacks.
To help you ensure that these pests will not get inside your home, here are some pest control tips from the National Pest Management Association.
1. Conduct a thorough inspection of the exterior of your house, closely looking at where utilities and pipes enter your home. You need to seal all holes that you see and make sure there are no gaps between wires, cables, pipes, and the edges of your walls. Keep in mind that rodents and mice could squeeze their bodies and fit through even the smallest of holes.
2. Check the mortar and weather stripping of your basement foundation and windows. Replace them at once if they are loose.
3. Make sure you keep your firewood in an area that is at least 20 feet away from your home. Keep in mind that mice and ants breed and hide in wood piles. Storing them near your home will make it easier and more convenient for them to come and go for food and water from your home.
4. Maintain a clean and highly organized storage room. Rodents also like to hide in clutter, especially boxes and storage containers that are not properly sealed and are left in a heap on the floor.
5. To prevent cockroach infestation, always make sure there are no leaking pipes in the kitchen and bathrooms. Cockroaches are fond of these moisture areas and are often found hiding in them. Do not attract their attention by letting your pipes leak especially in the kitchen and bathrooms.
For more pest control tips, contact AAA Pest Control now.
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