It's a common misconception that with the cold weather rolling in, familiar pests of warmer months have simply left us until next year. The truth is in the colder months, crawling insects and other pests that don't go dormant in the winter can make their way into our homes and draw in mice and other rodents, looking for warmth. Additionally, winter in Illinois bring their own set of insects and other pests to stay on the lookout for.
Here are five reasons why Pest Control Consultants is essential during the cold weather months:
1) Mice and rats. Mice and rats require only a tiny opening or crack to gain entry into your home. They can enter through your attic and gnaw on the wires, wood beams, electrical wires and insulation.
2) Wood destroying insects. Carpenter ants and termites destroy the home from the inside out, so you really never see the damage until it is too late. If you find carpenter ants indoors during the winter, it is an indication that they are nesting inside walls, floors or decaying wood.
3) Sealing your home. The early winter is the best time for Pest Control Consultant’s team to inspect all openings before mice seek shelter in your home or business. They will check the areas where utilities and pipes enter the home. A mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime.
4) Dormant insects. Many insects will hide in the attic or basement in late fall and early winter to escape the frigid winter temperatures. Spiders, cluster flies, Asian lady bugs and boxelder bugs will remain dormant until spring. Then as the weather warms, they can easily find their way into your living spaces. By hiring PCC to apply a preventative treatment in these key hiding spots, it will repel insects as the weather warms.
5) Spider webs and nests. Removing webs, nests and egg cases may help prevent pests from reemerging in your home when the weather becomes warmer. Some creatures are hardwired to return to certain places, but if you get rid of all the reasons for them to return, you increase the probability that you’ll finally be saying a permanent “goodbye” to them.
· Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
· Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home. Mice and ants can make their nests in wood piles and easily gain access to your home if the pile is nearby.
· Rodents can hide in clutter, so keep storage areas well organized, and store boxes off of the floor.
· Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains. Extra attention should be paid to kitchens and bathrooms as these areas are particularly vulnerable to cockroach infestations.
· Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens in windows.
· Screen vents to chimneys. Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.