As the weather turns chilly, we typically don’t see bugs in and around our homes. But just because you don’t see them doesn’t mean they are not there. Winterizing your home can help keep out pests who hunker down in our homes. We aren’t the only ones enjoying the warmth of the indoors. Who is sharing your home this winter?
Even in the harshest of temperatures, pests find a way to survive, continuing to eat, grow, and reproduce – often in the comfort of your home. So, when the temperate drops and pests scurry to take shelter, be sure winterizing your home includes pest control measures to keep these critters out in the cold.
LOOK FOR MOUSE HOLES
It only takes the smallest of openings for rodents to squeeze their way into the warmth of your home. Unsealed doors, windows, and even crack in the foundations are like rolling out the welcome mat for mice seeking a meal and a warm bed. Be on the lookout for evidence from these intruders like droppings and gnaw marks near entry points and in cabinets and pantries where you store food. Remember, mice multiply as quickly as they scurry across the floor, so be on the lookout for infestation signs.
BE AWARE OF COCKROACHES
Cockroaches are masters of adaptation. As cold-blooded arthropods, their body temperature mirrors the environment, driving them indoors to share the warmth of their hearth during the winter. They have an uncanny ability to find hiding places where we seldom look within walls, pipes, and even small cluttered corners. Don’t wait till the weather warms to find you’ve had a roach infestation during the long cold winter months.
These hardy wood munchers stay active even in the winter if they find a warm place to reside. Once termites settle into the warmth of your home and find a food source, they will feed for years if allowed to. Bug Tech can help identify the species and type of termite, affecting treatment options.
TARGET A SPIDER’S FOOD SOURCE
Spiders don’t go anywhere in the winter months, they stay right where they are in your home. Spiders will spend the winter colonizing in your home, sneaking in egg sacs and hiding out, dormant through the winter. Spider problems are solved with our general pest control service. Chemical treatment does differ slightly from other common pests, in that we target a spider’s food source.
INSPECT FOR BED BUGS
Just like the inlaws, bed bugs never really leave your house. Although they will go dormant at temperatures below 65 degrees, if they have already settled in your home before winter, they will simply extend their stay. They may not hog the covers at night, but bed bugs will stain your bedding and leave behind a musty order, bug excrement, and a nasty rash. Bug Tech offers full and free bed bug inspection.
KEEP OUT SMALL ANIMALS
Even though they have fur, small animals like possums, raccoons, and skunks will still seek safe, warm shelter in the cold weather. Basements, attics, and other less-used spaces in your home are a perfect refuge for them. Bug Tech can help identify entry points and seal holes properly to keep wildlife from endangering your family this winter. We also offer animal control and trapping services.
As you can see, effective pest control is a must even in the winter months. Bug Tech’s certified, trained, and licensed technicians will evaluate your needs and help develop pest management plans that work 12 months out of the year to keep your home and family safe and healthy from pets and infestations.