Top 5 Winter Pests
With every season, the characteristics of the weather change everything, and it has a huge impact on the pest pressures throughout the year. Winter will bring a whole host of pests some of which you don’t have to worry about in the summer. You no longer have to worry about pests like mosquitoes. However, there are plenty of winter pests to be aware of as the weather gets colder.
The top 5 winter pests that commonly invade homes:
Earwigs, also known as “pincer bugs”, are creepy insects that look like they have dangerous pincers that could hurt you. They may bite if threatened, but they are usually harmless. They are a nuisance pest because people don’t like see them around their home. Earwigs are typically found in damp areas, and at night as they feed on decaying plants, and other insects.
Mice are small rodents that enter homes seeking warmth, shelter, food, and water. They are extremely dangerous due to the bacteria and parasites that they can carry, that can make humans and pets sick. They can also do a lot of damage to the structure of a home, and chew on furniture, walls, floors, ceilings, and personal items while they make nests for breeding and raising their young. Mice are dangerous and damaging pests in the home.
Silverfish sometimes called “carpet sharks” are flat silver insects that quickly slink across surfaces like a fish. Like the earwig, silverfish are drawn to damp areas like basements but are also attracted to kitchen cupboards and laundry rooms. They do not pose any health risks but can eat items like wallpaper to get to the paste, book bindings, paper, pictures, human hair, and sugar. Silverfish are nuisance pests that can also do some damage to personal items.
Spiders come in many varieties and they go indoors especially as the weather gets cooler. Most spiders are harmless, but create an untidy home with their cobwebs. Dangerous spiders to watch out for are the black widow, and occasionally the brown recluse. Many people are afraid of spiders, and they can invade homes in large numbers, making them a nuisance pest and, with the black widow spider and brown recluse spider at least, a danger to humans.
Termites are small insects that live in multiple large colonies, and their main food source is cellulose that is found in items like leaf debris, wood, soil, and manure. They enter homes to forage for food, and due to their multiple colonies and elusiveness, they are rarely seen before damage has occurred. Termites can eat through the wood in a home, potentially weakening its structure, making them damaging pests.
Most pests are hard to get rid of once they have entered your home and made nests or webs. They are hard to locate and hard to eradicate due to their elusive nature. Here are a few prevention tips for avoiding winter pests:
Eliminate food sources for the pests by cleaning up after meals, putting pet food away if unused, store foods in airtight containers with tight-fitting lids
Trim back bushes and trees away from your house to make your home less attractive to pests
Seal off entry points such as gaps and cracks in windows, doors, foundations and exterior walls.
More importantly, you will probably need the assistance of a professional pest control service to assure complete elimination of pests. A year-round plan will give you peace of mind all year long that your home is pest free.
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