It sure would be nice to spend the entire winter snuggled under a blanket watching reruns of It’s a Wonderful Life and Seinfeld. In fact, all of those pests outside clamoring to get inside your home would probably enjoy that as well, since your house would become an easy target.
Just because it’s winter time, don’t think for a moment that pest control services aren’t needed to keep your home pest-free. Many pests don’t like the cold weather, which means they’ll do almost anything to reach the safe confines of your heated residence.
Pest Control Services: Bed Bugs
As everyone probably knows by now, bed bugs love to sneak into bed with you and suck your blood. What you might not know, however, is that a bed bug can typically go nearly a year without feeding. Therefore, winter is the perfect downtime. They can safely live within your warm walls, waiting until the overall weather has warmed up so that they can strike. Even though you may not be experiencing bites during the winter, it’s a good idea to either hire a professional to inspect for them or conduct an investigation yourself.
Pest Control Services: Rodents
Mice and rats will probably be your biggest problems, but if you have an attic, then you may want to be aware of squirrels as well. The smaller the rodent, though, the easier it will be for them to get inside your home. Rodents can contaminate your food, carry diseases, and even cause a fire hazard as they chew through your electrical wiring (which also includes the wiring in your car). If you’ve been finding feces on the floor, tiny footprints in the dust, or teeth marks on your food packages, now might be the time to call an exterminator and get the problem taken care of.
Pest Control Services: Cockroaches
Oh, cockroaches … the bane of a person’s existence. Only an entomologist or bug-nut can truly appreciate how amazing these critters are, evidenced by their ability to survive for billions of years. For most of us, though, cockroaches are those disgusting things that might run out from under a box in our closet or skitter across our kitchen when we switch on a light in the middle of the night. They really don’t care that it’s winter. They’ve survived through much worse. There are ways to prevent cockroaches yourself, of course. You can set traps, seal any gaps or cracks that allow them to get inside, take out your trash on a regular basis, and — if it’s bad enough — spray insecticide around your home. If you think you might have a full-blown infestation, however, professional pest control services are your best course of action.
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