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Is Your Home Protected Against Cold Weather Pests?

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:

  • Clogged gutters and downspouts
  • Shrubs and branches that may be close to your home or roof
  • Clutter in garages, workshops, and attics
  • Unsealed bins for trash
  • Cracks or holes in the foundation
  • Eaves that may be hanging or gaps and holes around the roof
  • Gaps around your windows and doors

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:

  • Oriental Cockroaches, aka: “water bug”
  • Earwigs
  • Carpenter Ants
  • Stink Bugs
  • Lady bugs
  • Spiders
  • Snow fleas
  • Wasps
  • And of course your rodent families, squirrels, bats, rats, and mice

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.

12 Nov

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