Do You Need Pest Control In The Winter?

Written by: Frank || Published: November 2, 2020

Pests don't just magically disappear in winter. They may simply be lying dormant or in a stage of their life cycle that doesn't make them all that noticeable. Or they may simply be waiting for spring to arrive so that they can hatch or leave a cocoon or chrysalis. Don't leave yourself vulnerable to invading critters this winter looking for warmth by neglecting pest control for your home in the winter.

In the case of your larger pests such as rats, mice and other rodents - they don't hibernate during the winter!

They are only slightly less active because it is colder and they try to stay warm and insulated. However, they may become more noticeable during the colder months as they are prepared to take greater risks to get food.

So is pest control really necessary during Winter? Absolutely!

In fact, this may be a good time to get rid if some pests when they can't run and hide.

This could save you from a major pest infestation when the warmer months arrive and those pesky critters start reappearing.

What Type Of Pest Control Do You Need During Winter?

1. Rodents

As mentioned above, rodents are generally just as active during Winter as in Summer. However, Winter is a good time for identifying rodent activity in basements, attics and crawlspaces. This is important to find access points the rodents may be using and also to remove any signs of the presence of the rodents. Issues that are found can then be addressed and resolved before the weather warms up.

2. Spiders

Spiders tend to move indoors when the temperature begins to drop. They do this not for warmth but rather because their food source has largely disappeared from the great outdoors. There are few insects available outdoors during Winter to feed off and spiders are more likely to find their preferred food source indoors. As any pest control expert will tell you, if you have a spider problem, you probably have other pests problems that you may not have noticed.

Removal of webs and other signs of spiders and eliminating the actual spiders themselves are all important things to keep in mind during the winter.

3. Attic Treatments

The attic provides the ideal habitat for dormant insects or eggs awaiting the warmer weather to hatch. These insects include carpenter ants, Boxelder bugs, moths and many more.

An attic treatment will eliminate the insects while they are in their dormant phase so they never have a chance to become pests as the weather warms up.

This type of treatment doesn't solely focus on eliminating bugs but also preparing the area to be bug-free when summer does arrives.

A clean, tidy and dust-free environment is a far less suitable habitat for insects. Pests are more likely to look for other accommodations after an attic has been treated by Hitman Pest of Yuma.

4. Sealing Structures

Ever wonder how those pests got in in the first place? The tiniest cracks and holes in a structure can serve as an access point. Winter is the best time to identify these access points and close them up permanently.

Cracks and holes that aren't noticeable are easier to find simply because cold air filters in from the outdoors giving a clear indication of where sealing is necessary. Even gaps that are formed between windows or doors and their frames.

The pest control specialists at Hitman Pest in Yuma are experts at using different techniques to seal your home as the first line of defense against pests, big and small.

5. An Invisible Barrier

Setting up an invisible pesticide barrier against invading pests is much more effective in Winter. This is because the chemicals are not as exposed to the elements of Mother Nature. Rain, wind, heat and sunlight all result in the breakdown of pesticides which make them far less effective over an extended period of time.

Preparing an invisible barrier is the perfect preventative measure to deter that first wave of pests from entering and infesting your home or business premises.

These types of barriers can be applied outdoors to set up a perimeter around a structure or inside the structure where pests are most likely to infiltrate. Hitman Pest will provide you with a comprehensive plan to set up pesticide barriers where they will be most effective when summer arrives.

6. Additional Pest Control Hints And Tips

The experts at Hitman Pest of Yuma are armed with the knowledge and experience necessary to deal with a range of pests that are common in southern Arizona. We know how to deter them and to eliminate them. Our staff also understand the importance of imparting their expertise to you, our valued clients, so that you can take the necessary measures to prevent pests from returning once they have been eliminated.

Check out these helpful pest control hints and tips from the pro's!

  • Make sure that all food is stored in sealed containers and not left out in the open. Food attracts a whole range of pests including roaches, ants, flies, rats, mice and so on.
  • De-clutter your home. Pests, like spiders and roaches, love to hide in clutter.
  • Treat wood for termites, carpenter ants and other pests.
  • Stack firewood outdoors, as far away from the home as possible. A whole range of critters are going to find the woodpile as suitable lodgings in winter and migrate into your home.
  • Check for leaks, standing water and damp in your home that will attract pests.

Last but not least, have your home or business premises inspected for pests regularly including in the Winter so that you are pest prepared in the summer.

 

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