You may think autumn was the end of your pet problems, but unfortunately, the colder seasons can only provide so much natural pest control for your home. Winter might bring snow and ice, but the truth is that your home may still be susceptible to a few pests. Here are a few of the most common pests to be wary of this winter.
Mice are the most common winter pests to look out for in your home. They usually nest in dark, secluded spaces like attics or basements, but make sure you’re checking your cupboards regularly, as well. Mice can fit through openings as small as a dime, so the best way to prevent an invasion is to seal up your house the best you can. If you notice any mouse droppings around your home, call your local pest control company immediately.
Norway rats nest in some of the same spaces that house mice do, but they’re also known to gnaw through just about anything they can get their not-so-little teeth on. Not only that, but Norway rats have also been known to spread diseases like jaundice and cowpox virus.
These pests, above all else, are incredibly hardy. They’re even able to live for one whole week without a head. The only reason they die is from a lack of water. The best way to prevent these critters from entering your home is to keep surfaces clean and pay attention to the spaces under your appliances and sinks, as cockroaches love dark, moist environments.
Brown Recluse Spiders
If you see a brown recluse spider in your home or near it, you should call your local pest control company right away. Not only are these spiders invasive, their bite is highly toxic. They like to make their webs in undisturbed places, even in areas as small as shoes, so you should take extra care to check those shoes you wear less often.
Unfortunately, pests don’t stop when the warm weather does, but your pest control service can help. If you’re concerned about any of these pests in your home, don’t hesitate to have your house inspected.