Summer is on break and spring won’t be here for a while. For some, that means a much-needed relief from summer stings, bites, and rashes. Not so fast. Winter comes with its own special pest risk. The problem with winter is that pests now live in your home, sharing your bed and your living space with you. Winter pest control is a necessity in the winter, even if you aren’t swatting at mosquitoes and picking off ticks.
Winter Pests in Your Home
When winter begins, pests move inside to stay warm. Common pests that invade homes during the winter are roaches, spiders, beetles, squirrels, and mice. Doesn’t that sound nice? Pests seek out areas where they can hide, but first, they must get in.
If you don’t winterize your home and seal off small entrances, the sky’s the limit for the number of critters that can crawl in. Pests enter homes through cracks in the foundation, holes in the siding, small cracks around windows and doors, and on items you bring indoors when you bring your patio furniture and lawn decorations inside for the winter.
Once a pest enters your home, they can go weeks or even months without being seen. Wintering pests prefer dark, hidden areas where they can thrive undisturbed. Spiders will build webs in boxes, molding, areas without insulation, in attics and crawl spaces, and in corners. Often, we hear about people waking up in the morning and finding spiders in clothes or slippers that were lying on the floor.
Cockroaches are another overwintering pest that can get out of control quickly. Your home is the perfect place for cockroaches because of the crumbs that get left behind and the cool places to hide. Cockroaches live in large families, and they spread a pheromone that keeps the family together and attracts more. If you have roaches in your home, the house will start to smell. Roaches are also dangerous for your health. Cockroaches spread bacteria and can trigger asthma or breathing troubles.
Winter Pest Control Tips
Summer may be months away, but the pests didn’t go anywhere. Winter pest control solutions are just as important. We have listed a few tips to control and prevent winter infestations in your home.
Wash, clean, and vacuum your home often
Seal any cracks, crevices, and openings around your home
Keep food sealed, and make sure you clean crumbs up right away
Take out the garbage often and store your cans away from the house
Run a dehumidifier to control moisture in your home
Keep bushes and trees trimmed back and away from your home
Call the professionals
If you are looking for winter pest control professionals in the Pittsburgh area, call Witt Pest Management. The pest professionals have been getting rid of and protecting residents from the biggest pest problems in Pennsylvania. All services come with the iconic Witt Pest Free Guarantee. All you need to do is call now for an inspection.