After the summer season swatting off mosquitoes, bees, and bugs of all kinds, winter brings relief as some pests go into hibernation. Even so, some of the most unsightly home invaders will stick it out through the winter, including some you may not expect and may not be prepared for.
Don’t let pests become your unwanted visitors this holiday season — learn more about winter pest control in this guide.
With resilience to changing temperatures and excellent hiding skills, cockroaches are relatively unfazed by winter weather. Cockroaches will either hitchhike or find small openings to get into homes, then settle where they can find food and water.
Signs of an infestation:
- Pepper-like flakes from cockroach waste
- Shed cockroach skins
- Smear marks in areas with more moisture
- Foul odors
To prevent cockroaches, seal possible entryways and store food or food waste securely. Also, declutter where possible to prevent potential hiding spaces.
Termites are more likely to be seen as they search for new areas to settle during the summer, but with colder weather, they’ll hunker down near food and heat sources. All the while, their colonies will continue to reproduce, eat, and cause irrevocable damage to your home. Because of this, it’s important to be on the lookout for termite indicators.
Signs of an infestation:
- Peeling paint or swelling wood
- Small, pinpoint holes in drywall
- Crumbling wood
- Mud tubes on the exterior foundation
The best way to prevent termites is to prevent attractors, like wood piles, unkept yards, and untreated wood.
Rats and mice
You’re not the only one seeking shelter from the cold this winter. As the weather gets cooler, rats and mice go on the search for somewhere to stay — and it could be your home if they’re able.
Signs of an infestation include:
- Chew marks on food or food packaging
- Small footprints or grease spots
- Chewed holes or wires
Rats and mice are most likely to settle where food and water are easily accessible. To prevent an infestation, make sure any food or garbage is stored securely. Be sure to also seal off any possible entry points in the foundation, roof, or walls.
Home Pest Control Solutions
When handling hardy pests during the wintertime, it can be difficult to handle the issue on your own. Various baits and traps can help you detect when you’ve got critters, which helps with early intervention. However, most commercially-available treatment options often treat parts but not the whole of the issues. Oftentimes, these pests require expert intervention.
Protect Your Home With Greenix
Don’t worry about winter pests — enjoy this season with peace of mind with the help of Greenix Pest Control. Schedule a free 20-point inspection to prevent infestation, request a free quote for treatment, or schedule an inspection today!