Winter is Coming

The air is getting crisper and the flying pests around you are starting to disappear. Out of sight out of mind, right? Wrong! Just because you are no longer seeing high activity in the skies doesn’t mean that there aren’t critters crawling under your feet. In the summer, bees and mosquitos are everywhere flying around your head reminding you that they are around. As it gets colder pests may not be visible any longer, but they are still out there making pest control more important than ever. Here are a few reasons why.

A different season calls for new pests. As the winter months approach, there is a transition in active pests. In the fall and winter months bedbugs, cockroaches, and rodents become problematic for homeowners. Here are some facts about these pests and a few tips to keep them away.

  • Rodents: As the weather gets colder rodents start looking for warm places to take shelter. And their favorite spot tends to be your home. Did you know that rodents can fit into holes and cracks the size of a nickel? If you’re not keeping up with your pesticide barrier these creatures can find holes to enter your home bringing with them disease, ticks, fleas, and mites.
  • Bedbugs: Bedbugs thrive indoor and can be one of the most difficult pests to get rid of. They are nocturnal in nature and can live a year without a meal. Bedbugs are typically found in mattresses, suitcases, boxes and shoes. Bedbugs will leave your skin with itchy red welts. Given the difficulty to control and kill these bugs, prevention is key. Be careful when traveling and regularly wash your sheets and bedding on high heat.
  • Cockroaches: Cockroaches stay active year-round and are attracted to moisture and excess water. They will also enter your home in search of food. They will continue to breed in the winter which can cause a massive infestation in your home in a matter of months. Make sure to keep gutters clean and keep food in air-tight containers.

You love the protection and comfort your home provides in winter, and so do they. These pests thrive on shelter and food. As it gets colder outside they start to seek shelter in your home. They love your home for the same reasons you do, it is warm, cozy, and has pantries full of delicious food.

Don’t let your guard down. It is important for you to continue building up the barrier to your home so that you can keep these pests out. If your barrier becomes less effective, then pests will venture where they use to not be able to. Winter pest control is part of an ongoing pest plan that controls pests that are active in your home all winter and controls pests that will start being active in spring.

Get ahead on upcoming warmer months. It is important to continue to build up the barrier around your home in the winter months. Winter time is the perfect time to prepare for the more active summer months. There are three things that break down pesticide barriers – light, heat, and moisture. Winter makes for the ideal time to start preparing your barrier so that you’re ready when the summer pests return.

Pest control companies have quarterly treatments for a reason. The experts have already designed the most efficient plan for keeping your home pest free, your job is to keep with it. Just because the weather is colder and the pests are less visible doesn’t mean that your pest control plan doesn’t have a purpose. Winter is coming. Should you keep your pest control? The answer is definitely yes!