Although bug activity often slows down during the colder months, indoor pest problems can persist even in the heart of winter. Your climate-controlled home provides the perfect shelter for unwanted visitors, from insects to rodents. Knowing what winter pests to look out for and how to keep them from your home can help you to prevent these common infestations:
1.) Winged Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants are large, dark-colored winged ants that may at first glance be mistaken for termites. They nest in wood, building extensive tunnel systems that can cause damae to your home's walls and foundation.
Inside the home, they are attracted to many items you may have stored in your pantry, including pet food, syrup or sugar.
They are frequently brought indoors through infested firewood, or they may be seen during the winter when an established nest has already been built in your home.
Flies are usually associated with warm weather as they are most commonly active in spring and summer. However, under certain conditions, flies can be found in the home during the winter.
The most common winter fly problem comes from cluster flies, a large fly species whose larvae are planted in the body of worms. If these larvae are unwittingly brought inside, or if weather warms unseasonably for a few days, they can quickly appear and swarm within your home during the winter.
3.) Mice and Rats
Rodents crave the warmth, security and easy food that can be found indoors during the winter. Mice and rats may be driven inside by the harsh weather, where they may take up living within holes in the wall, behind appliances or within crawlspaces.
One of the best ways to prevent rodents from entering the home is to seal off any potential food sources from them. Rodent-proofing your cabinets and pantries will help to reduce the appeal of your home to these unwanted critters.
Cockroaches are a hardy insect, and they can stay active year-round as long as there is ample food and humidity to keep them comfortable. As with many other pests, they are attracted to food and water sources within your home.
Roaches are hardy, and they can survive on surprising sources of food including glue and paper. If you have a roach problem, it's often best to seek professional help before they get out of hand as they can quickly grow resistant to DIY poisons.
The occasional spider within the home is nothing to worry about, and they can help with keeping down the population of other pests. However, infestations can occur if the population is left unchecked.
Unlike many other pests on this list, most spiders found in the home do not come from outdoors. Those who do are unlikely to live long or reproduce. Instead, the spiders you see in the house are most likely a species adapted to living indoors; controlling their population can prevent future generations from growing up in your home.
If you have a problem with these or any other pest, ABC Exterminating can help. Call us today for more information about our pest control services.