In a previous blog we talked all about how different species of insects survive the winter – really fascinating stuff! Some insects (and other types of pests) survive by simply seeking warmer shelter from the cold weather. Here’s a list of the most common household pests you’ll want to watch out for this winter!
Beware of these household pests
While winter is not as cold here in the South as it is in other parts of the country, it certainly gets cold enough that rodents and insects seek a warmer place to live. So, while you may not be dealing with pesky bugs outside, you may be dealing with an infestation inside!
Even during the warmer months, your home is the perfect place for a cockroach to live. They prefer to live in moist places near food, so you’ll usually find them in bathrooms and kitchens. Many times they will take a ride inside on things you’re carrying, like groceries or boxes, so be sure to inspect your belongings before dragging them inside! Be sure to keep your counters and floors free of crumbs and take out the trash regularly.
Spiders are another common household pest that will try to become your roommate during the winter. You’ll most likely find them in undisturbed places like closets or attics. They like to hang out in cardboard boxes, along window sills and in or on clothes that are not worn often.
Brown recluse spiders are especially common during the winter, so be extra careful! These spiders are poisonous and can be dangerous to humans. Cutting back any shrubs or trees near your home will help make it more difficult for spiders to find a way inside.
House mice may be cuter than cockroaches or spiders, but they can cause serious damage to your property and spread disease. They prefer to nest in the dark, so you’ll usually find them in attics or basements. Because they can chew through plaster, you can also hear them inside the walls. Sealing cracks and holes around your home is a great way to prevent them from entering. They can fit through a hole as small as a dime, so make sure you’re thorough!
Much like mice, rats like the dark. You will usually find them in basements or attics. Because they can chew through just about anything (including lead pipes!) they can cause serious damage to your home. Do your best to eliminate moisture in your basement or crawl space, and seal any cracks or holes where they can enter.
Don’t stop pest control just because it’s winter!
Although you may see far fewer pests during the winter, that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. As soon as the temperatures drop, a host of insects and rodents find a way into your cozy home! Make sure you and your family are protected and comfortable by continuing to trust the pest control experts this winter. Get in touch with Vulcan Termite & Pest Control today!