When it comes to pest control, the winter months often seem to get overlooked. Maybe that’s because we’re more accustomed to the trials and tribulations of insect infestations that can occur during the warmer months, from ants in your kitchen to mosquitoes buzzing around your backyard barbecue.
However, insect inspection and necessary pest control should still be done during the cold season, and in case you need any convincing, consider these facts…
Fact #1 — Pests don’t only live outside.
There are a number of pests that use your house as a hideout during the winter, to take advantage of its warmth. These can include bed bugs, termites, stink bugs, spiders, and even rodents. If they can fit inside a good hiding spot, whether it’s in your walls, basement, attic, or elsewhere, they will stay there as long as you will let them.
Fact #2 — Some pests forage for food all year long.
While some pests are known to hibernate or remain inactive during the winter months, others are all work and no sleep. This constant searching for food means that an insect inspection will be in order, even in the colder time of the year. Many homeowners begin to be lax during this time, and that’s when the seeds of an infestation are often planted.
Fact #3 — Rodents will continue to destroy your house and other places.
On top of an insect inspection, it’s important that you keep your eyes and ears out for rodents. Rats, mice, and squirrels can be quite destructive, and this is especially true when they’re trying to find a place to stay warm. For example, you may have never considered the possibility that a mouse might find its way into your car’s engine, but it happens more often than you’d think. In an attempt to stay warm, a mouse will sometimes crawl up inside your engine. Once there, it may chew through the wires in order to build a nest. While the critter may not live to tell the tale, you can be left with a hefty bill for repairs.
Fact #4 — Spiders will take advantage of the situation and start laying eggs everywhere.
The winter months are a fine time for a spider to set up shop and start laying its eggs. That way, when spring arrives and the hundreds or thousands of babies are ready to hatch, food will be easier to find. During your insect inspection, also be on the lookout for any webs or eggs. If any are found, dispose of them immediately. If not, you might be surprised to wake up one morning and find that you have a full-blown infestation on your hands, one that could easily have been avoided.
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