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Are There Termites In Winter?

Are There Termites In Winter?

Termites are extremely active during the warmer months of the year. But it seems like they disappear during wet and winter months, which makes people believe that they have stopped working, hibernated, or perhaps died under the wet soil or snow. Although they might appear like they are obvious answers to the question, they are actually far from the truth. Termites are active throughout the year, and yes, even during winter. Termites Although they appear like ants and called white ants in a few parts of the world, termites are actually not related to ants. As a matter of fact, they come from the same order as cockroaches. If you consider how they work, then you can compare them to bees, wasps, and ants. They divide their work among different castes and classes. Termites feed on wood, animal dung, leaf litter, and dead plants. Termites come in 3000 different species. They reside in colonies that can house a few hundred termites to more than a million in a few cases. They are intelligent and tend to be self-organized and decentralized within their hive. The colonies where they live in are built in an intricate and complex method. A regular colony has three kinds of termites, soldiers, nymphs, and workers. A colony can have more than one queen as well as reproductive members of both male and female sexes. Economically Significant Termites are known to be economically crucial in their interaction with humans because they are responsible for millions of dollars worth of structural damage annually. They are not confined to only one region and don’t have any specific temperature...
How To Keep The Pests Out During Winter

How To Keep The Pests Out During Winter

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...
How To Deal With Pests During Winter

How To Deal With Pests During Winter

Once the cold weather comes, birds begin to migrate south, bears hibernate, while humans relax by the fire and layer up to keep warm throughout the cold winter season. But have you ever wondered what happens to pests such as termites, mosquitoes, and ants? Most homeowners assume that they just die but what they don’t know is that these pests as well as other insects find ways to survive winter. Find out how these little critters make it through the cold season and some of the most effective pest control tips to help you stop them from invading your home. Ants It is not all common for you to see ants marching across your kitchen counter during winter. But that does not mean that they are not close by. Ants are extremely successful at overwintering outdoors, even in your backyard. During the fall season, they enjoy eating a lot of food so they can put on fat, which will help them survive weeks without eating. Once winter sets in, they close up their colony and stay comfortably under rocks or in deep soil until springtime. When the temperature increases, ants will come out from their overwintering sites, still filled with energy, and all set to crash your next backyard barbecue. Bed Bugs Bed bugs can withstand freezing temperatures of up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, making them very difficult to control. But, they usually die a few days after they are exposed to temperatures lower than 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Given that, your home is the best place for them to stay so they could survive during winter. Cockroaches Cockroaches have...
Cleaning Tips To Keep Holiday Pests At Bay

Cleaning Tips To Keep Holiday Pests At Bay

Everybody loves to prepare for a holiday feast. However, with all the baking and cooking that is happening, there will always be spills, messes, and crumbs that fall on the floor that will attract pests like cockroaches to the kitchen. It is as easy as getting the attention of couch potatoes with the delectable scent of roasting turkey. When it comes to pest control and prevention, there are several ways to help keep pests away from your kitchen not only during the holidays but all year long. Prepare Your Kitchen You will have more space for your goodies by clearing out your pantry and your refrigerator. Apart from that, you will also get to remove any old supplies that could attract pests. Inspect Baking Supplies Before you begin baking, give your baking supplies like your flour a quick look. Check for bugs before you bring them into your kitchen. Clean As You Go Leaving utensils, plates, pans, and pots that are covered with food out in the open is the type of opportunity that pests are looking for. Take Out Your Garbage Never leave your trash bins in the kitchen to overflow. Double or even triple line your garbage cans so you already have a bag already in place whenever the current bag is full. This will also make your disposal routine a lot easier. Clean Everything When Your Day Ends It is always recommended for you to end your day with an empty and clean kitchen countertop and sink. Make Cleaning Easier Lay wax paper or newspaper under food preparations before you begin. Spills and crumbs clean up...
How To Stop Pests From Ruining Your Christmas

How To Stop Pests From Ruining Your Christmas

During the holidays, most people love to watch the Grinch who stole Christmas. Although that’s only a work of fiction, there are many things that can prevent you from having a happy holiday. Rodents, pests, as well as bugs that live in your Christmas tree,  are a few of the pests that can ruin this festive season. Here are a few things you need to know including some simple pest control tips. Rats and Mice It is getting colder and that means rats will start to look for a warmer place they can call their new home. It also means that they could end up in your home during the holidays. Rats and mice can get inside your home through the smallest crack in your wall. Once they get in, they will immediately start wreaking havoc in your house. They may even attempt to get into the presents under your tree. Since they love to gnaw on bright and shiny things, they may even munch on your Christmas lights. Roaches Just like mice and rats, cockroaches likewise prefer a warm place where they could stay for the winter season and homes are always on top of their list because they have everything they need. Christmas Tree Bug Nothing beats the festive feeling you get whenever you bring a live Christmas tree inside your home instead of artificial ones. They do not only look great but also smell wonderful. However, if you bring a live Christmas tree, you are also inviting hundreds of little pests like bark beetles, Aphids, Mites, and spiders, which could already be living in the tree...