Top 5 Pests of Winter

Some pests go into hibernation during the winter. Others enter homes and professional buildings looking for warmth and food. Aerex Pest Control encourages all home and business owners to take proper precautions against common winter pests, including mice, rats, bed bugs, spiders and cockroaches. Follow this guide to keep your home or office pest free all winter!

1. Mice
The mouse is the most commonly encountered pest in all of the United States. Check for mice in attics, garages and basements, as they typically nest in dark, secluded areas. Mice are definitely not something you want to find in your home or office! They pose multiple threats including structural damage and the spread of disease.

Prevention Tips:

  • Mice can fit through incredibly small openings. Seal cracks on the inside and outside of your home or office.
  • Regularly inspect the space for signs of mice. This includes droppings, contaminated food and gnaw marks.
  • Keep all areas free of clutter. Pay special attention to storage spaces and keep all boxes and containers off of the floor.

2. Rats
If you have a rat problem, chances are it’s pretty evident. Rats are notorious for gnawing through just about anything, namely plastic or lead pipes. Similar to mice, they have also been known to spread various diseases.

Prevention Tips:

  • Inspect the space for signs of rats. Grease marks can be found on the walls and floor due to their greasy fur.
  • Eliminate sources of moisture throughout the home or office.
  • Seal cracks, crevices and openings. Rats can fit through cracks as small as 1/2 inch!

3. Bed Bugs
When aren’t bed bugs a problem? In all honesty, never. So, we thought why not mention it in our winter pest roundup? The good news about bed bugs is that they do not transmit disease to humans. However, they can live up to a year without a host.

Prevention Tips:

  • Invest in a mattress encasement & boxspring encasement.
  • Inspect hotel rooms or travel accommodations before bringing your luggage inside
  • Know how to identify bed bugs.

4. Spiders
Spiders seem like a spring and summer pest, don’t they? While spiders are present at all times of the year, they are surprisingly a bigger problem during the winter months. Most spiders prefer to spin webs in undisturbed places like attics, closets and basements.

Prevention Tips:

  • Store clothing and shoes inside plastic containers. Pay special attention to less used items like snow boots, gloves and hats, as spiders like to hide inside them.
  • Keep trees and bushes trimmed and away from the home or building. This will help reduce the chance of spiders finding a way inside.
  • Check dark corners for webs and spider activity.

5. Cockroaches
Since cockroaches love to live in small spaces close to food and moisture, our homes and offices provide the perfect habitat. Cockroaches can hitch a ride home with us via grocery bags and moving boxes. Watch out for cockroaches! They can contaminate our food and spread bacteria.

Prevention Tips:

  • Keep your home or office clean. Wipe away crumbs/debris and always clean up after meals.
  • Vacuum often.
  • Dispose of garbage on a regular basis.

Don’t think that just because it’s winter pests can’t be a problem. Winter is actually the best time for a professional pest inspection. Aerex Pest Control specializes in treating all five of these pests. Always contact us if you suspect a pest problem in your home or office.

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