Think that just because the weather has turned cold and the snow has arrived that pests are no longer a problem? Unfortunately, this is not true. It is true that summer is the prime pests season but winter has its share of pests to be aware of. Some pests do go into a form of hibernation but others enter homes seeking warmth and food sources. The National Pest Management Association encourages homeowners to be aware of and take precautions against common winter pests like mice, rats, raccoons, cockroaches and spiders.
Mice and Rats – Out of all the pests, mice and rats are one of the most common in the winter months and most hated. They can cause a number of problems. Not only are they unhygienic and carry diseases, but they can also cause a lot of damage chewing on wood or wires. Wood or field mice are common in the colder months and they will easily find their way inside the house. Rats on the other hand are more likely to live in outbuildings or your garden. Since mice can fit through an opening as small as a dime, and rats in a hole the size of a quarter, be sure to seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home with caulk and steel wool.
Raccoons – Raccoons are commonly found in the wooded eastern portions of the country. You may notice that they find their way into your garbage cans and compost piles at night and can make a huge mess. They also occasionally enter homes through attics or chimneys in search of a denning site. Raccoons are a major host of rabies in the United States so keeping them away from your property should be a top priority.
The German Cockroach is the most common species of cockroach found throughout the world. German cockroaches prefer to live in small areas close to food and moisture. This type of cockroach often hitchhikes indoors via grocery bags, boxes and secondhand appliances, and is commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms. Cleanliness in the kitchen and bathrooms will help prevent a cockroach invasion.
Spiders – While spiders are generally beneficial creatures they can become a nuisance once inside your home. Spiders are difficult to control in that they can squeeze through tiny cracks and tend to enter homes in large numbers during the winters.
If you find that your home has become a haven for any of these common winter pests call Pest-End Exterminators for an evaluation and treatment options.