Do I Need Pest Control In The Winter

by | Dec 3, 2018

As winter is quickly approaching here in Northeast Ohio, winter pest control tends to get overlooked by many residents. The noticeable absence of flying insects including mosquitoes, flies, and bees doesn’t mean there’s a lack of pest activity inside your home. While the colder temperatures do offer relief from stings and bites, it also allows our pest control technicians to identify issues that homeowners in the Akron area may be completely unaware of. The biggest pest problem during the winter that is noticeable are rodents and spiders.

Winter Pest Control is Important

During the winter is when many pests seek shelter from the cold and your warm house is a perfect place for them to find shelter. Pests such as stink bugs, flies, carpenter ants, and boxelder bugs will hide out in your attic and remain dormant until the weather warms up in the spring. Once the weather breaks, there’s going to be the usual spring pest activity unless something is done about it during the winter months.

When our technicians are called out to your home during the winter, our focus is inspection and prevention inside your home. Our goal is to prepare your property for the coming spring and summer months where we main focus on the outside of your home, preventing pests from entry. During our pest inspection we will dust attics and crawl spaces where pests normally hide, preventing them from accessing your living space. We’ll also take measures to remove spider webs and treat those specific areas where spider and their newborn are going to be a problem in the future.

Mice Problem During Winter Months

Keep mice outside of your home this winter.Did you know that a mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime? Mice and other rodents carry disease, and during the winter they’re going to find a place to live and we’d rather it not be in your home. Our technicians will identify and monitor the high-traffic areas where mice and other rodents move around, avoiding being seen by the homeowner. These areas include basements, crawl spaces, and attics where they live. A mouse will create in intricate path to nearly anywhere in the house without being seen and our job is to stop them.

Homeowner Tips for Pest Prevention in the Winter

Pest Control is a combined effort of both the Pest Technician and the Homeowner. Proactive and cooperative effort in pest management between the homeowner and the professional is extremely important for highly effective, long-term results. Pest management is an ongoing process and below are some tips that can help you, help yourself when it comes to reducing the pest activity inside your home this winter.

  • Make sure cracks and holes are sealed up around the exterior of your home to prevent rodents and bugs from getting indoors. It’s important to check where utilities such as electric, gas, or cable enter your home as this is a perfect place for pests and rodents to make entry.
  • Eliminate moisture areas. If there’s a leaky pipe or clogged drain, get it fixed. Kitchen and bathrooms are a common place for moisture, make sure it’s taken care of because mice need water to survive.
  • Fix any broken doors or windows. Install door sweeps and fixed damaged screens.
  • Replace any loose mortar joints and weather stripping around the foundation of your home. Seal up any and all cracks around your foundation.
  • Reduce clutter. Pests love clutter because they can travel around without being noticed and sometimes they’ll even nest in the clutter.
  • Make sure you have screens on any vents or chimneys.
  • If you have firewood, store it away from your home. Ants, mice, and spiders make nests in wood piles and if it’s up against your home they’ll usually find a way inside.
  • Keep shrubs and tree branches away from your home. This will eliminate a path where an insect or rodent can crawl onto your home.

When old man winter visits, there’s enough to worry about without having to worry about pest infestations. In Ohio, winter is a sign of the holidays and when pests are kept out of your home, your home becomes a healthier place for the holiday get togethers with friends and family.

Winter time is not the time to lay off the pest control. It’s actually the opportune time to identify and eliminate pests and prepare your home for spring. If suspect you have a pest problem just contact us and we’ll get you on the schedule ASAP.