After a mild and virtually snowless December, Chicagoans braced for more seasonable weather in January and February. But even with below zero days, inches upon inches of snow and winter weather advisories, this winter has been relatively tolerable. Don’t believe us? Pests do. Just ask the ladybugs and boxelder bugs you have been seeing around the house!
Due to mild weather, pests are waking up a little earlier this year. So even though the groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter, pests are emerging from hibernation and sooner than we’d like. During winter, insects like ladybugs and boxelder bugs are able to withstand the cold by seeking shelter underground, in buildings or beneath tree bark. Once spring arrives, they start moving again and continue with their life cycle.
Don’t let your spring pest prevention routine be too little too late! Start preventing pests today with these tips.
1. Sometimes the easiest way to get rid of ladybugs and boxelder bugs is simply by sweeping or vacuuming them up!
2. Clear your basement, garage and attic of clutter. Cluttered areas are a pests dream home.
3. Winter is the perfect time to make use of our fireplaces – but firewood near the house can be an open invitation for pests. Move firewood away from the home.
4. Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
5. Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains. Pay extra attention to kitchens and bathrooms as these areas are particularly attractive to cockroaches.
Of course we can’t complain about this winter’s above average temperatures. But we might be unhappy with early pest sightings. While some pest control companies might see the mild winter as “good business,” Aerex Pest Control sees it as a problem. Contact Aerex Pest Control for more information on spring pest prevention.