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Are you ready for another bitter winter with record breaking temperatures? Well, neither are those bugs and wild animals. Whether they are a warm-blooded animal with fur or a cold-blooded bug with no way of regulating their body temperature, winter is something these creatures definitely want to get out of, which is why they start poking around your home looking for a place to hide. Some may already be inside. Here are a few of the repeat offenders and a couple tips on how to reduce their influence inside your home.

The brown marmorated stink bug is quickly becoming one of Pittsburgh's most hated pests. These little buggers come in by the dozens--and even hundreds. It is almost as if by magic, a very dark magic.

What you can do:

If you've been seeing a stink bug or three crawling on your television or hanging out on the light above the dining room table, you probably have a ton more inside your walls and attic spaces. The best thing you can do is make sure you don't feed them, because if stink bugs are not able to find food they go into a low-energy state called diapause and wait for spring to come. You can hide their potential food source by keeping things clean and not leaving stacked dishes next to the sink. Leave those dishes in soapy water.

Spiders are a common winter pest in Pittsburgh. The good news is that most spiders are generally harmless. In fact, some people consider them to be beneficial in their home because spiders eat other pests. We personally think it is best to have zero pests in a home.

What you can do:

Spiders come for the food. If you don't give it to them, they will go somewhere else or stay inside your walls. Keep your garbage in a sealed can to keep houseflies from reproducing. If you get fruit flies, put out two or three fruit fly traps to reduce their populations. Spiders think fruit flies are yummy.

Mice and rats are horrible winter guests. They chew through walls, insulation, and even wiring. This makes them a fire hazard. But, the biggest threat rodents pose in a home is the spread of disease and harmful bacteria to food storage areas, food prep counters, and furniture.

What you can do:

Rodents can live in a home without being detected. Laying traps down isn't enough to protect your family from rodent-related illness. The best tip we can give you on these pests is to call a professional. Monitoring for rodents requires specialized knowledge and experience.

What we can do:

If you want a home that is safe from the diseases and illness that pests like rodents and cockroaches can spread, you need an expert who understands the habits and habitats of these creatures. If you want a home that has zero pests, you need to enlist someone who is educated in the science of pest control. The experts here at Witt can help. We've providing the best in pest control since 1908, and we've learned a thing or two about all it entails during this century. We'd be happy to show those pests living in your home a thing or two. When you're ready to live pest-free, give us a call.

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