Winter Pest Control Tips
When the rain and snow start falling and temperatures hold steady in the 30s and 40s, some homeowners mistakenly believe that all pests are hiding out for the winter. While some pests, like stinging insects, do hibernate during the colder months, winter is still prime time for others. At PestLock, we provide winter pest control services that will lock these unwelcome guests out of your home. We would love to speak with you about the benefits of year-round pest control and inspect your home for common winter pests. Check out all of our local service areas and give us a call at 360-210-7433 today to schedule a free pest inspection!
The Importance of Year-Round Pest Control
Protecting the safety of your family and the integrity of your home is incredibly important, even during the winter. Troublesome winter pests can move into your home or office, posing a health risk for occupants as well as an overall safety risk. The commercial and residential winter pest control services that we offer targets all pests, including those who are known to seek shelter in your home. In the event that you experience an infestation in your crawl space, professional crawl space restoration services may be needed to clean, sanitize, and protect the space from further damage. Our team is happy to provide you with a quote for this service, as well as our Top Rated Local® pest control services.
Common Winter Pests Our Area
Mice and rats love coming indoors during the winter. This is usually because reliable sources of food have become scarce, and homes tend to have new cracks and crevices in them from building materials contracting with the cold. Seal any gaps where exterior plumbing enters your home, check the weatherstripping on doors and windows, and store food in tightly closed containers to avoid these furry pests.
Cockroaches are incredibly resilient pests, and they haven’t survived our Pacific Northwest winters by luck. Although many roaches either die or go into a state of dormancy when temperatures dip below 50 degrees, German, Oriental, American, and brown-banded cockroaches move indoors to hunker down for the winter. Clean under and around your appliance frequently and keep food particles and moisture at bay to help ward off infestation.
Many homeowners think that spiders die off in the winter, but this is not true. Spiders are considered cold-blooded insects. Many of them enter a slowed, inactive state when temperatures drop and seek shelter outdoors. House spiders and brown recluse spiders, however, can be found in homes during the winter. Sweep any webs away that you find, but take care when killing winter spiders because brown recluses are very dangerous.
The holidays are synonymous with freshly baked pies, cookies, and other homemade treats. Indian meal moths, flour beetles, cigarette beetles, and other pantry pests are common in the winter months because people tend to buy and store more flour, spices, and baking products. Be sure to closely inspect all packaged goods that you bring home from the store and call for winter pest control services if you suspect an infestation.
Ants are another resilient pest, and odorous house ants, pavement ants, and carpenter ants remain at large during the winter months. House ants lay eggs well into late fall, and that means they’ll develop into adults during the winter. Pavement ants and carpenter ants may come in during the winter in search of food and water. To avoid infestation, keep a clean home, eliminate water sources, and secure possible entry points.
Need Winter Pest Control At Your Home or Business?
If you are concerned that you have an infestation of mice, rats, roaches, spiders, ants, or pantry pests in your home this winter, don’t delay in calling PestLock. Our team will provide you with winter pest control services that are backed by more than 20 years of experience and a passion for helping our local community. Request your free pest inspection today!