The absence of insects like bees, flies, and mosquitoes are among the changes homeowners notice during the winter season. People often associate them with summer and fall and they consider them a nuisance especially when engaging in outdoor activities. Thanks to the colder weather, homeowners find relief from their bites and stings. However, not seeing these pests flying overhead doesn’t mean other pests are gone, too. You still need to have some sort of pest control measures in place during this season.
Winter Pest Control Tips
Bees and mosquitoes fly overhead during summer but during winter, spiders, cockroaches, and rodents may infest your home. These pests are looking for shelter from the colder weather and they may find the warmth they need inside your home. You need to take preventive measures to keep these pests at bay since they could cause more problems than just making cobwebs in the corners of your home.
For instance, rodents are known carriers of diseases such as Hantavirus and Salmonella. Some spiders bite and cause serious side effects while cockroaches could trigger allergies and asthma.
Pest control tips that homeowners can use to prevent winter pests from invading their homes:
- Seal the holes and cracks outside your house to prevent rodents from gaining access to your home. Always check the spots where pipes and utilities enter your house. A rodent can fit through an opening that is as small as a dime.
- Any loose mortar as well as weather stripping around the basement foundation as well as windows must be changed.
- Don’t store firewood close to your home. It must be at least 20 feet from your house. Ants and mice will make their nests in wood piles and gain entry to your house quickly in case the pile is too close to your home.
- Rodents could easily hide in mess and clutter so be sure to organize all of your stored items and if possible, the boxes must not be left on the floor.
- Get rid of all sites prone to moisture like clogged drains and leaking pipes. Additional attention must be paid to the bathrooms and kitchens because these spots are quite vulnerable to cockroach
- Set up the door sweeps and make sure to fix any damaged window screens.
- Screen vents to the chimneys. Keep basements, attics as well as crawl spaces dry and well-ventilated.
Winter already brings a lot of worries related to home damage with frost, snow, and wind. Stick to these Myrtle Beach pest control tips and you will get to lower the chances of your house encountering other seasonal issues due to pests. If winter pests are kept at bay, your house will become a better and healthier place to house amazing holiday parties and spend time with your loving family and friends, and that’s what the season must be all about.
In case you suspect that your home is pest infested, call a pest control company now.
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Zap Pest Control Inc.
2507 Forestbrook Rd Suite G
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588