Summer is prime season for pests. It is during this time that you’ll see insects, mosquitoes and flies in and around homes. You might also find wildlife like mice and rats in your yard. Most pests are inactive in the winter however it is does not mean you won’t find any. Here are some common winter pests as well as tips on how to get rid of them:
1. Flying Ants
Also known as winged carpenter ants, seeing these critters in the home is not a good sign especially in the cold months. That’s because when you see a winged carpenter ant in the winter, it means they have a colony or nest inside your home.
2. Cluster Fly
In the summer months, seeing a fly or two in the house is common. But if you see them in the winter, it could be a problem. Cluster flies have the ability to reproduce quickly so unless you get rid of them as soon as possible, you would have to deal with a lot of flies in your home without being able to open your doors and windows.
3. House mouse
This innocent-looking creature might look cute but they’re anything but. They carry viruses and bacteria, and tend to urinate all the time.
The roof rat and the Norway rat are often seen during winter. Just like mice, you don’t want to see rats in your home no matter the season.
5. Bed bugs
Bed bugs can be around during winter and they definitely make sleeping difficult. Moreover, they can cause allergies and asthma attacks.
6. Fruit Fly
The fruit fly is an annoyance all-year round including winter, and these small flies are often brought into homes by way of fresh veggies and fruits.
7. Winter moth
Also referred to as drain fly, the winter moth can get inside homes to keep themselves warm. Though it doesn’t cause any real damage, having a few flying in your home can be a nuisance.
There are about 3,500 species of spiders in the United States. In general, these creatures help keep other pests out of your home as they feed on crickets, mites, flies and ants. But no one exactly likes seeing these creepy crawlies on their bed right?
Preventing Pests in the Winter
You can prevent pests from invading your home by using the appropriate pest control methods. The method may vary depending on what pests are present in your home.
But in general, you should make sure your home is clean and does not have food lying around especially in kitchen counters.
Crumbs and spills should be disposed of properly. And any cracks or holes in your walls, doors, windows and floors should be sealed or covered.