The most common cold weather pests are rodents and insects. Insects have been around for as long as time can date back. They somehow tolerate major swings in temperature every year and can adapt to large climate swings over the span of hundreds of years. As fall gives way to winter, pests begin to look for ways to survive the frigid temperatures. Have you taken the necessary steps to ensure your family is protected?
From the Exterior to Your Four Walls
When the days begin to get shorter, nature begins to prepare for old man winter. The easiest way to ensure a good winter is to find the best place to nest. That means there should be an inspection of your home done by a professional to ensure some of the most common entry points are secured. These include:
As an added bonus, you are also taking steps to winterize your home for more efficient heating. If your warm air can escape through a small crack, you risk the chance of rodents who are excellent at squeezing into small spaces to accept the warm invitation.
Insects Do Not Die off in the Winter
This is a myth that many people believe is true. If insects were to die off every winter, their larvae would also succumb to the freezing temperatures and we would be free of them. Insects can slow their bodies down and convert glycogen into glycerol so their insides do not freeze, but most of them will find a warmer place over taking the riskier option. For some that is further down into the ground or around mulch, patio stones and eventually in your home. The most common cold weather pests include:
Many of the pests that seek refuge in your home are fairly good house guests. When the weather warms back up though, you can have quite the infestation on your hands. It is always best to work with a pest control professional to identify your needs and quickly be there to handle any situation that may arise this winter.