No one wants to be left out in the cold during the winter and that includes pests. Rodents, roaches and spiders are all looking for a cozy place to spend the colder months. The last thing you want is for those critters to take up residence in your home.
Rodents ,such as mice and rats, can be extremely dangerous, if they get inside your home. They can contaminate surfaces with their urine and droppings. Those droppings can be really hazardous if they're not handled properly. In fact, you should not handle mouse or rat droppings without gloves and a respiratory mask. Mice can also bring fleas, lice and ticks into your home and cause allergy symptoms in children. Rodents have also been known to chew through electrical wires, posing a fire hazard.
Roaches carry all kinds of diseases and bacteria that they spread all over everything they touch. If you think about it, roaches are known for crawling through sewage and over dead and decaying creatures. All of those things stick to their legs and bodies and can easily contaminate your counter tops and food sources, sometimes without you even knowing. They can also transmit diseases and cause allergies in certain people, especially children.
House spiders and bed bugs are more a nuisance than a danger, but that doesn't mean you want them in your home. Bed bugs do bite and can rob you have a restful nights sleep. When they bite, they leave behind itchy, red bumps but pose no known risks to humans.
There are some pretty simple things you can do in and around your home to make it seem a little less enticing to pests.
Outside, make sure your trees and shrubs are trimmed and eliminate standing water wherever possible. It is also important to make sure your yard is free of debris and dead or rotting wood. You should store firewood as far from your home as possible. The same goes for trash and recyclables which is also better stored in covered containers.
Inside your home, try to do some spring cleaning a bit more often than just spring time. Make sure the floors are swept and mopped on a regular basis, wipe down the counter tops often, avoid leaving dirty dishes in the sink, keep your trash in a covered can and take it out often. Storing food in covered containers can also be key when it comes to preventing pests. It also keeps pests from contaminating the food supply, should they make it inside.
Be sure to check for leaky pipes and repair any that need it. Also, fill any holes inside or outside your home the past might fit through.
If you think you have a problem with any of these pests, contact a professional pest control company immediately. Bed bugs are nearly impossible to get rid of on your own and are not bothered by most of the pesticides you can get yourself, plus those chemicals can be extremely dangerous, if not used properly. Mice, rats and cockroaches are really dangerous and can pose serious health risks, if not handled quickly and properly. You can also contact the pros before an infestation and they can help you prevent one from ever happening. Just think, how nice it would be to save yourself the time and the worry of an infestation this winter by simply turning things over to the professionals.