With cold weather here, it is important to keep your home warm and comfortable for you and your family. Cool weather is a great time for families to bundle up together and enjoy each other’s company. Unfortunately, it is also a great time for winter pests to invade your home and find a place of their own to hunker down during the cold weather that is outside. When cold weather arrives, some pests go into hibernation, while others gain access into your home, seeking a source of warmth, food and shelter. Knowing how to shield your home from these winter pests will result in a much happier holiday season.
Winter Pests like the House Mouse
Some of the most common winter pests that successfully enter homes to keep warm and survive through the winter include mice, rats, cockroaches and spiders. The house mouse is the most encountered pest that home owners come into contact with. While the small house mouse may seem somewhat harmless and even cute to some, it can be quite an annoyance and even cause a great deal of damage to your home. A house mouse will chew through electrical wiring, causing outlets to malfunction and even causing a house fire.
Invading Winter Rat Nests in your House?
Rats are disgusting pests, especially during the winter as they group together in large rat nests. Not only will rats chew through your dry wall, but they will leave their feces all over your home, which contains harmful germs and bacteria that can cause you and your family to fall ill. While most home owners may believe that there is no way a rat could squeeze into their home, rats have the ability to crawl through holes the size of a quarter, making easy access into your home if it is not properly sealed off to such pests.
Where do Roaches Go in the Winter>
Cockroaches are one of the filthiest pests that will come into your home. Their shiny wings contain a plethora of bacterium that if you or your family comes into contact with will make you extremely ill. Cockroaches have the ability to adapt to almost any environment, making your home a perfect place for them to settle down this winter season. A cockroach infestation can occur within the walls of your home, before you even notice a roach crawling across your floor.
Winter Spider Bites
Spiders are small insects that will also search for a warm place to lay their eggs and hide out during the cooler temperatures. Most spider species found in Houston can and will bite if disturbed. Keep your home safe and free from pests this winter by contacting Preventive Pest Control today.