Pests You Should Expect This Winter

As the seasons change, you may expect to deal with less pests. Winter seems to suggest that all of our pest worries go away as flies, ants, and other intruders are not as prevalent as the weather gets colder. Unfortunately, this is not the reality of the situation. Even during the colder months, infestations can still happen. Pests find ways to scrounge for survival, and it’s important for homeowners to stay aware. Being informed and prepared for pest problems is the best way to prevent them from happening. Keep reading to learn more about what pests may try to sneak into your home this winter and how to stop them. 

Rats 

These furry menaces are all too common during the winter as they’re looking for food, water, and shelter to endure the cold. Sadly, your home provides the perfect environment for them to live during wintertime. To keep them out, seal up any cracks or holes in the exterior of your home and keep your windows closed at all times. Make sure your house is free of clutter so rats don’t have places to make nests, and be sure to get rid of any standing water. Limiting rats’ opportunities for scavenging and hiding is key to warding them away from your home. 

Cockroaches

Known for their unsightly appearance and obnoxious behavior, cockroaches cannot survive in temperatures below 15 degrees. As a result, these critters will do their best to find a way into your home so they can outlast the cold. They are hardy, sneaky creatures; reproducing at an extremely rapid rate, spreading bacteria and causing allergies to both children and adults. They are difficult to spot given their size and coloration, so it may take a while to discover a cockroach infestation in your home. To keep roaches out, make sure you keep food sealed up and put away at all times. Exposed food is a shining beacon to cockroaches. Clear your trash out regularly and contact professionals if you notice an abundance of roaches in your home. 

Spiders

While most spiders are actually a benefit to your home given they hunt other potential pests, the winter draws in more sinister arachnids. Deadly spiders like brown recluses or black widows may be drawn to the warmth of your home and will most likely camp out in dark, secluded spaces, like a basement or a cardboard box. The best way to defend yourself against dangerous spiders is to clear out any cobwebs you come across. You can also use various essential oils to kill spiders and completely run them off your property. 
If you’re dealing with pests in your home, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experts. At ProCore Pest Control, our team is ready to take on your cases and handle them with speed and thoroughness. Don’t wait – contact ProCore Pest Control today to find out how we can serve you!