During the winter, pests tend to migrate to safer, more comfortable conditions to protect themselves from the harsher conditions. Seems reasonable, however, that doesn’t mean we have to live with it! By continuing to receive routine pest control service from EcoShield, you can ensure that the pests find another place to call home during the winter months.
Typical pests that we see new customers contacting us about during the winter months are the following:
- Mice & Rodents
Rodents intrude on about 21 million homes each winter, according to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). 24 percent of homeowners report mice and rat infestations during the winter months! To be sure that you aren’t part of this statistic, be sure and seal up any cracks and crevices that may leave room for rodents to enter. You can use a foaming sealant, caulk, cement, or other fillers that keeps gaps to a minimum. You want to do all you can to prevent having a rodent infestation from happening rather than having to deal with ridding yourself of the problem after it already exists.
The best way to prevent cockroaches from cozying up in your home is to keep your home free of clutter. Be sure to take out the trash each night, vacuum thoroughly and regularly (yes, that includes getting all those fruit snacks and gold fish crackers that your kids dropped in between the couch cushions), don’t allow dirty dishes to pile up over night in the sink, etc. The cleaner you keep your home, the less incentive roaches have to live there.
- Bed Bugs
It’s especially important to be on the lookout for bed bugs as your family is traveling to visit with friends and family for the holidays. You want to be sure that you don’t have these pests in your home or they can migrate to others homes from their visit. If you are staying with others, be sure to be attentive to the signs of bed bugs so you don’t find some unwanted guests joining you back at your home from your trip! If you find that you are getting bitten during your sleep, you may want to take extra care to determine the source. Bed bug bites can appear as thought they may be from a mosquito. Adult bed bugs can be spotted by searching in cracks and crevices near the bed. This can include head boards, mattress seams, under wall paper that may be slightly peeling, etc. More information regarding bed bugs can be found on the EPA website.
If you are experience a pest infestation, please give us a call right away so that one of our trained technicians can assist you.