Winter pest prevention tips
It may be cold outside but pest prevention still is key. Many insects and rodents are still able to thrive and build their populations despite the winter weather, thus creating a load of problems when the weather starts warming up. Here’s a list of the most resilient winter pests and the best ways to prevent them.
Wintering bug facts
- Bugs of all kinds live in the attic and wall voids.
- They go into a low energy state during winter.
- They are always on the lookout for food.
- If unable to find food, they can “hibernate” or go in slow motion.
- Rodents (mice and rats) do not hibernate in the winter.
- Bed bugs hitch-hike among your suitcases on winter vacations.
- Termites remain active all year.
- Termites can cause a great deal of damage in a short time.
- Trash cans should always be sealed with good fitting lids.
- Keep counters, floors and rugs clean.
- Never leave exposed food on counter or in the pantry.
- Keep fruit in the fridge.
- Repair any leaks quickly because bugs are attracted to water.
- Have a home inspection done in the winter to catch anything early.
In fact, anyone who has traveled should consider getting a home inspection for bed bugs. The population of these little buggers is on the rise and nobody is immune. They’ve been known to be a problem in some of the most elegant hotels worldwide as well as the shabbiest and every hotel or lodging type in between. Once a population takes hold, and it happens quickly, eradicating them requires a professional. Bed bugs and termites are extremely resilient and any homeowner would be wise to avoid allowing any possible infestation to get out of hand. In this case, a quick inspection is the dose of prevention that is worth a pound of cure. The pound of cure in relation to bed bugs and termites can be extremely costly and bothersome.
Since rodents don’t hibernate, they treat your walls and attics like a playground or fast food joint. They carry fleas and leave droppings, both of which can carry disease right into your bodies. What typically starts out with a headache and sore throat can quickly turn into an illness that has you headed for the emergency room. If you can hear rodents in your walls or attic, you need to immediately seek help getting rid of them. If you aren’t hearing any now, consider the ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure and get that inspection!
Basically, just because it’s cold outside, don’t let your guard down when it comes to pests. Besides the damage to your home and the possible illnesses they can cause, letting a population of any kind of pest get out of control is costly and often more time consuming than the average homeowner wants to deal with. It’s not that much trouble or hard on the wallet to have an inspection and begin a prevention plan. Believe me, it is a whole lot easier on your mind and wallet than the alternative.
By Sonja Bertrand from Flick Pest Control