Pests that invade homes in winter
Most of us know that summer is the prime season for insect invasions and also pest control, but many common household pests do not go inactive during the winter.
As the temperatures begin to drop and winter arrives, many pests are on the hunt for the warm shelter. Very often that will be a house, and sometimes it will be yours.
In this post, we will list the most common pests that may move indoors during the winter and also tips to prevent them from getting inside.
Most common winter pests
House Mice – The house mouse is the most common pest that will enter a home during winter. They like to find a dark and quiet area like a basement. Mice can cause severe damage to your property by chewing through walls and electric wires, which can result in a fire.
- A mouse can fit through any small open area, cracks, or holes in your home exterior. You should always inspect the outside of your house every fall and winter.
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Cockroaches – German cockroaches commonly stay in the tiny areas near to moisture or food. These insects often hitchhike into our houses inside groceries bags or any kind of boxes. Cockroaches can spread bacteria easily.
- Keep your floors and counters crumb free
- Clean up the kitchen and dispose of trash
- Keep your bathrooms and kitchen appliances clean
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Raccoons – Raccoons will move into homes (especially attics) during the winter in search of shelter. They often enter through a chimney or any opening in the soffit or upper level of a house. They can carry rabies and their feces can carry diseases as well.
- Always have a cap covering your chimney or any other vents to prevent entry.
- Trim the branches around your home, especially near roof level.
- Repair any loose siding or soffit.
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Spiders – Spiders prefer to spin webs in undisturbed places such as closets, attics, crawl spaces, and basements. Most spiders in Chicagoland are harmless, but the brown recluse spider is poisonous. It can be found inside of cardboard boxes, alongside window moldings, and in seldom-used clothing and shoes.
- Keep trees and shrubs trimmed away from the home.
- Pet cats are great at keeping spiders and insects away.
- Keep low traffic areas swept and clean.
- There are many scented natural oils (citrus, peppermint) that naturally keep spiders away.
The most important reason for pest control in the home is because of health. Many pests can carry disease, and some of them can be very serious. Pests also reflect badly on your home because no guest is ever impressed if they see a mouse or cockroach in your house. If you can’t seem to keep them out of the home, it’s time to call professional pest control.
Call today for Pest Control in Chicagoland – 630-231-0007 – 847-695-7777