Flying insects like bees and mosquitoes are almost never visible during winter. These pests are often associated with summer and fall, making them an annoyance to those who love to engage in physical activities. Fortunately, the colder weather offers relief from their bites and stings. However, not seeing flying pests means there are no other pests during the cold winter season. You still need to be ready with your winter pest control measures.
Bees and mosquitoes may be visible overhead during summer, spiders, cockroaches, and mice crawl underfoot during the colder winter months. These pests are looking for a home and they consider your houses as the best shelter from the cold. You have to take preventative measures to prevent them from gaining access to your home since they can cause more than just cobwebs in the corners. Rodents, for example, are known to carry diseases like Hantavirus and Salmonella. Some spiders bit which can cause serious side effects while cockroaches can trigger allergies and asthma.
The NPMA or National Pest Management Association has provided a list of tips to help homeowners like you to prevent these pests from entering your house.
- Seal holes and cracks on the outside of your house to prevent rodents from getting access to your home. Don’t forget to inspect places where pipes and utilities enter your house. A mouse can easily fit a hole that is as small as the size of a dime.
- Change loose weather stripping and mortar around the basement windows and foundation.
- Firewood must be stored at least 20 feet away from your house. Ants and mice can easily make nests in piles of wood and get inside your house if the pile is located nearby.
- Rodents can also conceal themselves in clutter so be sure storage areas are clean and well organized and store boxes must never be left on the floor.
- Get rid of all moisture sites, like clogged drains and leaking pipes. Pay more attention to bathrooms and kitchens because these are locations that are prone to cockroach infestation.
- Repair any damaged screen in your windows and don’t forget to install door sweeps as well.
- Check everything and screen chimney to vents. Keep the basement, attic, as well as crawl spaces dry and well ventilated.
Frost, snow, and wind bring enough worry to homeowners during winter and you do not want to add pests to the list. With the tips provided earlier, you can less the possibility of experiencing other problems that pests tend to bring. By keeping winter pests outdoors, you can enjoy your home and spend time with your family without having to worry about pesky critters.
Call AAA Pest Control if you want to know more about winter pest control.
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Myrtle Beach, SC