Winter is on its way, and though the temperature might drop, there are still plenty of pests out there that might decide to invade your home. Action Pest Exterminating, one of the leading pest control companies serving Charlotte, details five of the most common wintertime pests to watch out for during the cooler months.
Silverfish could be described as the “insect that evolution forgot”, since these critters haven’t changed one iota since dinosaurs roamed North America. Though you’re liable to find them anywhere in your home, these pests are particularly fond of roof lines and attics. They crave celluloses and starches, which means their primary target within your home is anything papery: book bindings, paper-backed insulation, boxes, adhesives, and paper. If you don’t respond to silverfish with an effective pest control program, these pests can reproduce rapidly – eventually numbering in the thousands.
Probably the most infamous of all house pests, mice have a penchant for seeking out warm homes when the weather turns cold – but in truth, they’re fine living year-round in a house. When it comes to preventive pest control for mice, the key is to trap them early on, before they get comfortable and start breeding. If you’re unable to trap effectively, rodent baits are a good fallback plan. Mice have zero bladder/bowel control, which makes their presence easy to spot. However, mouse urine can’t be seen by the naked eye, so any drawers in which you find droppings should be cleaned immediately.
Like many creepy-crawlies, centipedes favor damp, dark environments such as a basement or crawlspace. Here they can feed undisturbed on the surrounding moisture. Centipedes are one of the ugliest insects around, and most people want them out of their home pronto. They can also be difficult to catch, as they stay near the ceiling, and are able to move quickly.
Spiders live and breed indoors throughout the year, but professional pest control is especially useful in the fall, when many spiders seek to escape the cold by invading any nearby structure. Spiders are of course very lithe insects, and their entry opportunities are numerous: under doors, around windows, through cracks, and beneath home siding. Spiders are most definitely predators, but they can also go a long time between meals, which means they can easily settle into your home for a permanent stay. Making matters worse, they reproduce almost as well indoors as they do outside.
“Stored Product” Pests
In this category are pests that infest grain-based food products: corn meal, nuts, flour, bird seed, pet food, even some spices. The pests in question are mostly from the beetle family, but moths and weevils are also common. The best ways to stave off an infestation are a) quickly discovering and discarding an infested product, b) smart storage practices, and c) not holding on to these types of products for very long.
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