St Louis Pest Control Blog

Warm Homes Inviting To Winter Pests

As the falling leaves of autumn give way to blustery winter, some residents see the change of season reflected in the type of pest intent on sharing the warm comfort of their homes.

Winter Pests

Mice are driven indoors when the fields they inhabit are cut down during harvest. Farmers might notice an increase because they’re out in the fields and forcing rodents in. In the city, they’re just looking for a warm place. Mice pose a considerable health risk and can transmit disease. Mice and rats also chew up woodwork and can start electrical fires by chewing up wires.

Ladybugs and spiders migrate from outside to the warm basements, nooks and crannies of homes. Spiders, slugs, and root weevils are notorious for hitching a ride on plants. As the plants warm up the critters become active and will often move off the plants. These house guests pose no threat whatsoever unless the spiders happen to be one of the few poisonous species.

Exterminators also expect calls about ants, particularly from people who live in homes built on slabs laid over sand.

By mid-winter, pantry pests can make themselves known. Tiny moths or beetles can infest birdseed, dog food and grain sources. People may notice tiny moths flying near the pantry, little larvae in the food sources or webbing.

Fleas are also common winter pests. Fleas are present on dogs and cats during the winter. These fleas will continue to lay eggs which will develop in your home to infest your pets during the warmer months. It might come as a surprise to some pet owners that more cats have fleas than dogs. Grooming techniques such as coat licking are the cat’s subtle way of scratching for fleas.

Prevention

Homeowners can take steps to prevent pests from entering:

* Seal cracks around the home. In particular, openings into a crawl space or under a deck could become home to an animal that dies or an animal that has babies.

* Consider any unscreened vents as possible critter hideouts. Put a mesh screen over vents.

* Keep wood piles away from the home and up off the ground. Beware that dead or dying trees can be favorites for carpenter ants that like to dig through wood.

* As the cooler months approach, it is important to remember that the winter period is a prime incubation period for fleas. A single monthly treatment with Frontline will kill fleas fast and continue killing fleas for at least a month.

* Don’t leave out excess food in pet bowls.

* Before you bring trees and plants inside be sure to check them for any insects crawling on them. Ticks are normally brought in on trees and plants.

Hiring Rodent Control Experts

If their pest problem becomes too large, homeowners can hire pest control experts to handle the problem.

Pest control experts like Blue Chip Pest Services will provide a free inspection and any treatment charges are based upon what pests are found.

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