Here’s a question our North Carolina exterminators are often asked: “Is pest control necessary in winter?” The answer is yes, for the following reasons.
Preventing Insects From Invading Your Home
There’s a common misconception that all insects are dormant during wintertime. Alas, though we all wish this were the case, some insects are active year-round. Roaches, ants, and other restless creatures want nothing more than to use your home as shelter from the cold. Here are some preventive pest control measures our exterminator can help you enact.
Inside Your Home
- Consistently remove food and water sources from easily-accessible locations, i.e. your cabinets and sink. Make sure dishes are cleaned and put away, and that cabinets and countertops are swept for crumbs.
- Inspect cabinets and baseboards for any cracks and crevices that look hospitable to an ant, roach, etc. Fill these spaces and you’re essentially putting up a “no vacancy” sign.
- If you find insects and want a humane way to remove them from your house without killing them, our professional pest control company is happy to handle this for you. We’ll use a special pest vacuum to catch your insect invaders and dispatch them far from your home, unharmed.
Outside Your Home
- The branches of trees and hedges are commonly-used thoroughfares for insects seeking entry into your home. Discourage this by trimming all trees and hedges closest to your house.
- Inspect the outside of your house for cracks and holes where an insect could enter. If you find any, seal the smaller ones with spackle or caulk. Larger holes should be filled with concrete.
- If there’s a mulch pile or firewood stack near your home, be wary of these places as safe havens for insects. This is because mulch and wood retain moisture, which insects love. Thus, we recommend moving these piles to distance of no less than two feet from your home’s walls.
- In some cases, a natural pest repellent might be necessary for keeping insects out of your home. Our pest control services include the application of such repellants, or the integration of a sonic pest controller to keep six-leggers away.
Preventing Rodents From Invading Your Home
Outside Your Home
- Unlike bears and raccoons, mice and squirrels don’t hibernate. These rodents are always seeking warm places to build nests. One way to deter them is by patching up/repairing any holes in your home’s attic, eaves, and/or roof.
- Clean overhangs, gutters, and any place where dirt, leaves, and branches provide rodents with the nest-building supplies they need.
- Keep birdseed in a sealed metal container. Plastic is no match for mice and squirrels.
- Nesting materials are also found in collections of yard waste, i.e. moss and leaves. Prior to their disposal, move these things away from your home.
Inside Your Home
- Check your home’s interior for possible rodent entry-points: small cracks and holes, typically found around pipes. Block these openings with steel wool.
- Rid your basement and garage of any clutter that may appear comfortable for a rodent to nest within
- If rodents are already inside, natural repellants (i.e. spray and traps) can be employed
Contact an Experienced Exterminator
Action Pest Exterminating, one of the leading pest control companies serving Charlotte, provides year-round services to its customers. Get in touch today and let us know how we can help with rodent prevention, insect extermination, and more.