Pests to Look Out for in the Winter

Homeowners are most likely to have issues with bugs from spring to early fall. Many bugs hibernate through the winter or migrate away until the weather gets warm. However, there are some insects that can still be a nuisance during the winter months.

So, what bugs show up when it’s winter? Here are just a few examples of some pests you’ll need to worry about even after the mercury dips:

  • Ants: Ants are active at all times of year, and will find ways to get into your home if they are sufficiently motivated to do so. They’ll often come through tiny cracks or holes, or come in on outdoor items you bring inside, such as potted plants or flowers. If you see one, there are almost certainly more, and they will tirelessly search for food in your home. It’s important to seal up noticeable holes and cracks, to keep food put away and to clean up any spills and messes as soon as they occur.
  • Ladybugs: Ladybugs often try to get into homes through window cracks and various other openings so they can survive the cold. While they don’t bite, they will swarm and secrete an odorous yellow liquid that could potentially stain certain materials.
  • Beetles: Some types of beetles may attempt to get into your home so they can more easily survive the winter. They’re most likely to seek out the warmest areas of the home, such as the area near a furnace, clothes dryer or water heater. While they don’t cause much harm, they can easily multiply to the point where they become a significant nuisance.
  • Cockroaches: Cockroaches cannot survive the cold, which is why they’re more commonly found in the warmer regions of the country. However, in areas that do see cold weather, they might still exist, but will need to find warm, damp locations to get through the winter. This could include some out-of-the-way areas of your home.
  • Spiders: Spiders are active all year round, but you might notice them more frequently in the winter, because they’ll be in search of warm, dark places to hide. You’ll often come across them in little-used corners of the home, in basements, in attics or in cardboard boxes.
  • Silverfish: Silverfish prefer damp, cold locations, so they’re actually commonly seen during the winter. They may pop up in basements or bathrooms that are not frequently used. If you do not address silverfish problems quickly, they could very easily cause an infestation in your home.

With any type of pest in the home, it’s important to address the issue before they find the food or heat source they’re searching for. Once they get entrenched, it’s difficult to get rid of them without the assistance of a professional exterminator. There are various bug sprays available to use in the home, but you should also make sure you seal up food, clean up crumbs and spills, regularly vacuum, seal up potential entry points and discard any unused boxes or packaging.

For more information about pests to look out for in the winter, contact the experts at Dependable Pest Solutions.

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