Common Cold Weather Pest Problems

During winter, most people think that pests and bugs just disappear or die. However, some hibernate while others enter homes looking for food sources and warmth. Harbor Pest Control knows which pests you need to look for as winter approaches. The most common cold-weather pest problems include rats, cockroaches, spiders, and raccoons. Below are the most common pest problems during winter:

1. House mice

The house mouse is among the most common Pest Problems encountered in homes today. These annoying rodents often nest in dark and secluded areas such as the basements and attics. They can cause grave property damage by chewing through electric wires and drywall. This could start an electric fire. House mice also contaminate your food and spread diseases such as tapeworms and salmonella.

These rodents can fit in a small opening, therefore, ensure that all your home’s holes and cracks are completely sealed and regularly inspecting your home for mice and keeping rooms clear of boxes and clutter is the best pest control for house mice. They like hiding in cluttered things.

2. Rats

Rat infestation is among the most common Cold Weather Pest Problems. Rats like to reside in basements and rooms with piles of undisturbed debris and other materials. They often fret though everything- including lead pipes and plastic in search of food and water.

Rats are a vector of numerous diseases such as rat-bite fever, cowpox virus, and jaundice. Just like mice, rats can fit through small opening and cracks. Ensure you thoroughly inspect your house’s outer walls and fill up any cracks and holes with silicone chalk. Eliminate all sources of moisture in your basement and crawl spaces to avoid attracting rats.

3. Cockroaches

These pests like to nest in areas near a food source and water- your kitchen will make the perfect habitat. Cockroaches often hop around the house in appliances, grocery bags, and food boxes looking for food. You will commonly find them in your bathroom and kitchen. While most people think that cockroaches are harmless, they are unsanitary and can spread human pathogens and bacteria.

Cockroach allergens also trigger and exacerbate allergies and asthma symptoms, mostly in children. Ensuring that your surfaces are always clean and free of food crumbs and regularly disposing of your garbage is among the best Pest control measures for cockroaches. Keep areas under the sinks and appliances clean.

4. Spiders

Most spiders like to spin their webs in uninterrupted areas of the house such as attics, closets, basements, and crawl spaces. Spiders are frequently found on window moldings, in cardboard boxes, and rarely used shoes and clothes. Spiders can bite and insect venom into your body if disturbed. This makes them dangerous to the well-being of your household. To keep spiders away from your home, Store unused clothes and shoes in plastic containers. If you suspect that a spider bit you, seek immediate medical help.

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Just because the weather gets cold does not mean that pests go away. There are still pests you need to worry about and Harbor Pest Control can eliminate pests year round. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.