No Pest As Guests for Christmas

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This the season to be jolly! It’s a time of bright lights, eggnog, Santa and his elves, and sharing of gifts and love. The last thing that is on your mind this season is probably pest control. However, be careful! There are pests that stay active even during the winter season. In fact, some of the pests that invade the house during this season may seem like that they are more active than normal because they start to invade the home to find a warm shelter and a food source to sustain them during the cold. Here are the Top 5 Winter Invasion Pests that could distract you from the joys of this season:

    • Bed Bugs: Are you and your family planning on traveling this winter? One of the most infamous pests that are found during, and after travelling, are bed bugs. They are able to hide in the tightest of cracks and crevices because of their shape and are infamous for hitchhiking on your luggage back to your home. Since bed bugs reproduce very quickly, the infestation can get overwhelming fairly quickly.
    • Cockroaches: Cockroaches are nasty little pests that could possibly come in with new appliances and groceries. Watch out for those store bought gifts like tool sets or appliances. Cockroaches of any species are potentially very harmful to your health because of all the pathogens they carry around. Some children and people may even be allergic to them and being around cockroaches more than just gross them out, but will actually cause adverse effects on the breathing. A couple of the smaller species of cockroaches, like German cockroaches, will nest indoors, but during the winter, even the outdoor and much larger species of cockroaches will try to get inside to look for some shelter and food.

  • Firewood Pests (Occasional Invaders): Fireplaces look so marvelous and especially during the winter, the warmth of the fireplace can fill a room with the holiday spirit and coziness. However, be careful about bringing unwanted pests inside with your firewood. Although they are outdoor pests and may only be considered as occasional invaders, once they are inside, they may be much more of a nuisance than one can imagine. Some of these pests may include ticks, centipedes, millipedes, variety of beetles species, spiders, or more.
  • Rodents: Rats and mice are the most infamous winter pests. Once the weather starts to change and temperatures begin to drop, these furry mammals will enter a structure as a survival technique so that they can escape the cold. The warm temperatures, ample amounts of food, and a good water source is available inside, they probably won’t have any reason to leave, even after the winter season is over. Rats and mice can carry such things as mites and fleas that are dangerous to your health and their fecal pellets that are left behind will have negative effects on your health as well. It’s important to start rodent control as soon as you discover one of them.
  • Spiders: Spiders are infamous for lurking in small corners and scaring off people. They are one of the most common indoor pests that can be found all throughout the year and even during the winter season and can be carried in from boxes or can sneak in through cracks and crevices in the structure.
All these pests are controlled by different methods. Sometimes, it requires a complete control with both mechanical or structural changes as well as insecticide treatments. Other times, it is just a matter of prevention and exclusion (especially for rodent control). Some of the best ways to control pests like overwintering bugs is to prevent them from coming inside by inspecting the materials that are being brought into the home before it is actually carried in. You should also check the entire structure for potential entry points and seal those cracks and crevices up with caulk or copper mesh and steel wool. Air stoppers underneath doors are also great for protection and making sure that window frames as well as window screens are fixed is also very important. For information on insecticides for a specific pest, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-788-4142.

 

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Date: Tuesday, 18. December 2012 14:11
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