The start of the winter season brings forth chilly days, the blistering cold, and the increase of pests in your home. It is hard enough getting through the cold, but to deal with annoying pests is another grueling endeavor altogether. Although some pests go into hibernation when the winter arrives, there are others that seek refuge in your home. And, why wouldn´t they prefer your home? After all, your home is warm and filled with food sources. Hence, if you don´t want pests in your home, it is imperative for you to take numerous precautions. Without beating about the bush any further, here are the most common winter pest problems!

1. Rats and mice

Technically speaking, rats and mice are active all year around. However, when the winter season comes around, they start seeking refuge in your homes in greater numbers. Most of these rodents love settling in dark, isolated places such as attics and basements. If they are not eradicated and taken care of, they will chew through electrical wires and drywall, not only increasing the risk of a fire outbreak in your home, but also costing you dearly with expensive repairs. It is essential for you to keep your home sealed up tight.  We recommend installing weather stripping around the windows and doors, and seal the cracks and gaps in the structures of your home to help with rat extermination.

2. Spiders

Spiders are just downright horrifying and deadly. If you are like most people, chances are that you are scared of spiders. Like any other pests, spiders also move in homes when it gets cold outside. They prefer residing in the dusty corners of your home; they also favor living in cluttered areas. We highly recommend sweeping and vacuuming rarely used areas. If you spot cracks and crevice in the structures of your home, you should seal them up. It also wouldn’t´t hurt to have your home treated with a spider repelling solution.

3. Firewood Pests

It is completely understandable for you to bring firewood into your home frequently during the winter season. However, you should be careful when doing so as firewood is the ideal living space for pests such as boxelder bugs, stink bugs, and termites. It is possible for these pests to infest your home even when you don´t bring the firewood into your home. We would strongly advise you to store the firewood as far away from your home as possible. If you must use firewood in your home, you must first inspect each log carefully.

4. German Cockroaches

Although German cockroaches are a common sight even during the summers, they suddenly tend to multiply in the winters. These pests favor living in small, tight areas close to moisture and food, thereby making human homes highly habitable. German cockroaches usually travel via boxes, appliances, and grocery bags and they can be found in kitchens and bathrooms. So, why should you get rid of the cockroaches in your home? Well, they are highly capable of spreading bacteria and human pathogens; they can contaminate the food sources in your home too. Therefore, you must take preventive measures to avoid attracting cockroaches.

5. Winged Carpenter Ants

If you see winged carpenter ants in your home during the winter season, there is a strong likelihood that your home is home to a carpenter ant nest. Carpenter ants wreak havoc everywhere they go and they are well-capable of creating colonies rapidly. They particularly cause damage to wood-framed structures. So, how can you identify a carpenter ant? Well, they are generally dark bodied, have narrow waists and elbowed antennas; their front wings are also longer than their back wings. They prefer living in enclosed areas where the wood is damp or decayed. If you have damaged and wet wood structures in your home, you should replace them immediately.  Professional ant treatments can be used to get these pest under control.

6. Cluster Fly

If you thought that dealing with cluster flies in the summer was exasperating, you probably haven´t dealt with them in the winter. There is no denying the fact that the cluster fly is a nuisance pest. Cluster flies typically seek shelter in your home through the cooler months and they love living in the attic, walls, and basement of your home. You must check the aforementioned places for cluster fly nests and have them removed completely. It is also advisable for you to install weather stripping around the windows and doors to reduce your chances of making your home a hotbed for flies.

7. Bats

Bats search for warm and safe places during the winter. Is there a warmer and safer place than your home? We think not!  Therefore, it is common to find bats living in the attics or basements of homes throughout the winter season. So, how can you know that your home is accommodating bats? Well, if you see brown and black stains, caused by the fecal droppings of the bats, by entry points such as doors and windows, you can be assured that there are bats living in your house. Bats also produce a lot of scratching noises.

8. Raccoons

It is entirely possible for raccoons to invade your home in the winter. Raccoons, like other pests, too, prefer living in warm areas during the cold months. The pests particularly enjoy hiding in attics and chimneys. If you spot a raccoon in your home, you should proceed to contact a pest control expert quickly. If they are left to their own devices, raccoons have the capability of causing incredible damage to your home.

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