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Don’t assume that because the summer is over there is no need to think about your home’s pest control. The fact is that winter means more critters seek out warm spaces to live and breed. Winter is a time when you might find more infestations than normal. Below we look at some of the more common creatures to look out for this winter.
Winged Carpenter Ants
Ants are a common sight in the summer months. They often come in from the outside area where they may be building a nest or colony. It can be an inconvenience in the summer but you know they will disappear during the first frosts.
It can be alarming then to find ants in your home during the winter months as well. Where do they come from? The answer is they probably come from a nest in your home somewhere. Follow the ants and identify them, then call a pest control company.
Everyone is familiar with the cluster flies even if they didn’t know the name until now. Cluster flies are the common flies that annoy you all summer. You might find them on the dinner table or hitting themselves against the windows.
If you see them in winter, however, it could be more of an issue. These flies are supposed to die out in the winter so their presence indicates a nest somewhere in your home. These nests can be difficult to locate so you might need to contact a professional to find and destroy it.
Everyone knows mice are not good to have in the home, but not everyone knows why. Mice spread germs, eat your food, and leave droppings, they also breed in your walls and cupboards, especially in winter. During the colder months mice seek warmth in your home.
If you have mice in your home you might hear scratching in the walls or see them at night in the kitchen or early in the morning. There’s no telling how many mice you have, it could be just one, or a whole family. When you call the exterminator, inquire about humane traps.
Rats are not native to the US. It’s thought they came to the country in the 17th and 18th century in ships from Europe and Scandinavia. Regardless of where they come from, it’s where they’re at that’s important. In winter they might be in your home.
As mice do, rats seek out warm places in the winter to live and breed. An excellent space for a rat is in the basement or loft or your home. Here they can comfortably live and find food. You might hear the rats scratching in the roof or walls, call a contract service right away.
There are many species of spider in the US that can enter into your home in winter and cause distress or an infestation. Some of these species are also venomous and can sting or bite. Like other animals they are looking for a warm place for the colder months of winter.
It can be difficult to prevent spiders from entering your home. They are able to access your home through tiny space and can breed excessively in unseen locations. If you find more spiders than usual in your home you may have an issue. Contact a local professional for help.