Mosquito season in North Carolina might be over, but that doesn’t mean that we have gotten rid of all the pests. The winter months come with their own particular pests that will be trying to find food and shelter in your home. Cold temperatures can make eliminating pests even more of a hassle, which makes it important to learn about common winter pests and what you can do to protect your home from an infestation.
While cockroaches have a reputation for being able to survive practically anything, that doesn’t mean that won’t be looking for shelter from the winter. Cockroaches are attracted to dark places, dirty clothes and just about any place they can get some food. You may also notice that you see them most often in the kitchen and bathrooms. They tend to look for moist places and water sources.
The best way to prevent an infestation is to block off all entry points. Make sure that crawl spaces are sealed off, there are no gaps around pipes and that all holes around doors and windows have been closed off. Also, be sure to keep your home clean and remove access to food. They won’t be attracted to your home if they can’t find easy sources of food and water.
House mice are the most common type of rodent and while that may seem small and cute, they are capable of wreaking real havoc in your home. They are known to create holes in walls, gnaw through electrical wires and spread disease through their droppings. If you hear them in your walls, smell a musky odor that comes from their urine or see gnaw marks or droppings, you have some unwanted house guests.
The best way to prevent house mice from coming indoors is to keep your home clean and remove garbage and natural debris from the yard. Even spilled birdseed and nuts from nearby trees can attract house mice. You also want to make sure that all openings around wires, plumbing and doors and windows have been completely sealed off.
During the warmer months, ants will build nests outdoors and enter the home when they are in search of food. While a few ants in the kitchen during the summer may not be an indication of a problem, the same isn’t true during the winter. Ants in the home during the winter is an indication that there is a nest in the home that needs to be eradicated.
The best way to prevent this problem is to keep your home clean and dry. Ants aren’t as likely to come foraging for food and water if it isn’t readily available. If you do see signs of a winter infestation, it is time to call the professionals. Pest treatment experts will be able to locate the nest and make sure that it is completely removed.
These pests can’t survive the winter. That is why they will cling to you and your pets to try and make it indoors where they can invade your carpets and infest your home. Be sure to give your cats and dogs regular flea treatments and look for signs of bites and skin irritation. If you notice your pets are scratching frequently, they may have an infestation that they are bringing into your home. Everyone will be more comfortable if you can prevent fleas from coming inside for the winter.
If you want professional help preparing your home for the winter and thoroughly sealing it to prevent pests from entering, call the experts at Pest Management Systems Inc. We have decades of experience helping homeowners throughout the Triad and Sandhills manage pests problems and create a safe and healthy home.