Though everyone knows that pests are most active during the summer, winter seasons will also bring out a particular variety of pests that can pose problems for your home in Tallahassee. Florida stays moderately temperate throughout most of the year, yet seasonal changes will still trigger some pests to migrate indoors. Even if you have managed to live through winters in the past with only seeing a few bugs in your home, you may only be keeping your main living areas free from pests. But the others still lurk, breed, and crawl around in your bathroom, kitchen, attic, garage, and just about anywhere inside your home or business.
Can pests survive the winter?
There are various winter pests you may come into contact within your home. Some of the most common pests you’ll see in the winter include:
The easiest ways to defend your home against these pests include keeping a clean home, frequently disinfecting, closing up any open holes around your home’s exterior and interior, and identifying potential entry points.
Cleaning your home frequently will keep pests from surviving indoors. Pests like rodents and cockroaches are attracted to fallen crumbs, especially in kitchens and anywhere else you eat in your home. Always seal pantry items and bags of bird seed and lawn seed in airtight containers. Mice can easily chew through the cardboard boxes and paper bags that these come in. Sweep up fallen crumbs and spilled drinks on a regular basis.
The small holes around your home, often surrounding pipes or crawl spaces, are an easy way for unwanted visitors to make their way into your home. In a pinch, you can use store-bought steel wool to fill the external facing holes around your home to keep mice from entering. Mice cannot chew through steel wool, so it will provide temporary relief. You can always caulk small openings that you find around the exterior of your home for even further protection.
Cockroaches and spiders are able to slip through gaps around windows and doors. Consider properly sealing them for year-round protection. Small tears in window and door screening can also lead to pest entry. Inspect your home for other signs of wear and tear such as broken or decaying external vents.
How can Capelouto Termite and Pest Control prevent winter pests?
Pests are typically known for being a warm-weather issue, but their presence in your home during the winter can be just as dangerous and frustrating for you and your family.
Once pests enter your home, they will easily be able to survive for prolonged periods. Bugs and rodents are very resilient and will resort to eating dead insects or old food to survive.
Just as you have someone come to your house in the summer to inspect for pests, you should have a professional examine your home in the winter to ensure there are no issues with bugs or rodents.
Capelouto Termite and Pest Control offers a quarterly pest control plan involving a seasonal inspection geared specifically toward winter pests. This single inspection could make the difference between a relaxing winter and one filled with stress from a home infestation.
General home pest control plans target seasonal issues and individual visits geared toward certain pests that are generally more active at that time. This includes winter, paying close attention to potential rodent issues.
Capelouto Termite and Pest Control is equipped to handle any pests you may encounter throughout the year. Call us or fill out the contact form on this page to learn more about our winter pest prevention services!