As the temperature drops, a variety of pests, insects, and arachnids enter homes looking for warmth, shelter, and food. To keep your home safe and clean, review some of the most common pests that nest in residences throughout the coldest months of the year. If you spot signs of an infestation, contact your local pest control company immediately.
What Critters Will Invade Your Home This Winter?
These brownish-red insects can survive for up to one year while feeding on human blood. They are often dormant in winter, but you still may notice red, itchy welts on your arms, legs, and other exposed skin. Even if the insects use winter as “downtime,” it is a good idea to hire a pest control service to ensure your home is bedbug-free. This prevents spring infestations that could leave you and your family uncomfortable and unable to sleep.
Cockroaches remain active regardless of the season, so winter doesn’t signal an end to summer roach issues. These sizable insects love small spaces that contain food and water sources, and they are attracted to food debris in kitchens and leaking bathroom pipes. While they don’t bite, they carry diseases and contribute to allergic reactions because of their exoskeletons, saliva, and droppings.
Brown Recluse Spiders
The brown recluse spider has a brown body with a violin-like mark on the back, and they often use winter as a time to lay eggs. Their bites can cause skin to die and create deep, open sores on the body. These spiders are typically found in ceiling corners, infrequently-used shoes, attics, crawlspaces, and basements.
The firewood pile near your home provides a perfect food source for termites. You may unwittingly bring them indoors as you stoke holiday fires, resulting in infestations that can cause severe structural damage. Termites can live undetected in walls and attics, but they provide “evidence” of their presence, including discarded wings, frass (waste), and mud tubes.
Don’t let your home become a host for pests this winter. Contact Collins Exterminating for pest control services that last throughout the winter season and beyond. Specializing in termite and bed bug services, this pest control company provides residents throughout Bolivar, MO, and the surrounding areas with guaranteed results. Call (417) 326-2124 today for a free estimate or learn more about pest control services online.