While some assume they won’t experience pest problems during the winter, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Several of the costliest, most annoying pests remain active, and cold weather can even increase their presence around your home! That’s why it’s especially important to maintain your defense against pests and continue your pest control services during winter months.
Rodents, cockroaches, and spiders all look for warm shelter to escape frigid temperatures, and your home can be especially tempting. Without regular pest control applications throughout the year, these pests can cause serious and potentially dangerous problems.
Rodents are known to chew through electrical wires, which can cause fires. Rodents can also carry dangerous pathogens, like hantavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These nuisances invade as many as 21 million U.S. homes each winter – don’t let yours be one of them!
Cockroaches don’t mind the cold, but they prefer to be inside where it’s warm. Once they settle into a home, they rapidly breed and multiply, making them extra tough to get rid of. Even worse, cockroaches can aggravate allergies and asthma, especially in children, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation. Proper prevention is key to staving off an infestation.
Spiders emerge in full force when temperatures drop, as they search for a cozy shelter to lay their eggs (sometimes hundreds at a time, eek!). These arachnids don’t hibernate or take any sort of break, which means they can bug you all year long. They are among the most common pests we treat for, and 57% of U.S. homeowners have experienced an issue with spiders, according to our recent survey.
Another active pest during this time of year is particularly worrisome: termites. Termites continue to feed 24 hours a day, which means termite protection is a year-round necessity. In fact, termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage in the U.S. annually. These “silent destroyers” can chew through wood, flooring, and even wallpaper.
Household pests are diabolically clever about finding their way indoors. Now is the time to reinforce your defenses and maintain your barrier of protection through the winter. It’s also a great time for us to inspect your home for potential problems. Request a quote or call 855-855-4873 and one of our pest control professionals will work with you to address your specific needs.