In a previous blog, we talked all about how different species of insects survive the winter—truly fascinating stuff! Some insects (and other kinds of pests) survive by simply seeking warmer shelter for the cold weather. Here’s a list of the most common household pests you’ll want to be on the lookout for this winter!
Watch Out for These Household Pests
While winter isn’t as cold here in the South as it is in other parts of the country, it certainly gets cold enough that rodents and insects look for a warmer place to live. So, while you aren’t dealing with annoying bugs outside, you could be dealing with an infestation inside!
Even during the warmer months, your home is the perfect place for a cockroach to take up residence. They prefer to live in moist places close to food, so you’ll typically find them in bathrooms and kitchens. A lot of times they’ll hitch a ride inside on things you’re carrying in like groceries or boxes, so be sure to inspect your belongings before hauling them inside! Be sure to keep your counters and floors free of crumbs and take the trash out regularly.
Spiders are another common household pest that will try to become your roommate during the winter. You’ll most likely find them in undisturbed places like closets or attics. They like to hang out in cardboard boxes, along window moldings, and in or on clothing that isn’t worn often.
Brown recluse spiders are especially common during the winter, so be extra cautious! These spiders are venomous, and can be dangerous to people. Keeping any shrubbery or trees close to your house trimmed will help make it harder for spiders to find a way inside.
House mice might be cuter than cockroaches or spiders, but they can cause serious damage to your property as well as spread disease. They prefer to nest in the dark, so you’ll usually find them in attics or basements. Because they can chew through drywall, you might also hear them inside the walls. Sealing cracks and holes around your home is a great way to keep them from getting inside. They can fit through a hole as small as a dime, so make sure you’re thorough!
Much like mice, rats like the dark. You’ll usually find them in basements or attics. Because they can chew through just about anything (including lead pipes!) they can cause serious damage to your home. Do your best to eliminate moisture in your basement or crawlspace, and seal up any cracks or holes where they might get in.
Don’t Stop Pest Control Just Because It’s Winter!
While you might see far fewer pests during the winter, that doesn’t mean they aren’t around. As soon as the temperatures drop, a myriad of insects and rodents are looking for a way inside your cozy home! Make sure you and your family are protected and comfortable by continuing to trust the pest control experts this winter. Get in touch with Vulcan Termite & Pest Control today!