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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...
Elimininating Fall Bugs

Elimininating Fall Bugs

Football games, a little more rain and somewhat cooler temperatures mark the arrival of fall season.  If you are like me, you welcome the cooler weather; however, bugs and rodents are looking for a warm place to hide for the winter.  One fall bug in particular can cause a problem and it is commonly referred to as the stink bug.  Your home is a great place for these creatures to find shelter and warmth from the coming cool weather. Hiring a pest control company is an excellent option in getting rid of this tiny critters. Stink bugs get their name from the overpowering odor they emit when they are stepped on or squashed.  Originally from Asia, these fall bugs were first introduced into the United States in the latter 1990s in eastern Pennsylvania (that’s right – a little over 10 years ago.)  These fall bugs have been migrating to other areas of the country and if you have not seen them in your area, you will soon. Once they move into your home, you will not notice them until they become active in spring when they will gather near windows and on walls seeking a way out.  This particular bug multiplies very quickly and that is why it is spreading to other states at a rapid pace. According to research, female bugs can lay up to 240 eggs in one lifetime.  This makes it very difficult to control without seeking professional pest control help.  The best prevention for fall bugs such as the stink bug is to pest proof your home in the fall with the assistance of a...