Just as April showers bring May flowers, indoor pests are often the unfortunate result of colder weather. As the crisp days of fall turn into the cold days of winter, the temperature brings more than just people inside; it brings in pests as well.
While most of these home invaders are little more than a nuisance, a select few can cause real problems in your home. Take a look at what you need to know about insects and vermin seeking out your home this winter.
Is That a Mouse You Hear?
If you hear noises coming from your attic or walls, mice or squirrels may have found their way into your home. It can be easy to tell which pest you may be dealing with just by the sounds you hear. If you hear most of the noise during the day, then it’s probably squirrels. If you hear the noises at night, then you probably have mice on your hands.
Mice or squirrels — either can cause some pretty extensive damage to your home including:
- Torn insulation
- Damage to electrical wiring (which can be a major fire hazard)
- Structural issues with your home
- Health hazards due to urine and droppings
- Ruined appliances
Cold Weather Brings Insects Indoors
You definitely do not want insects living in your home, since they can cause damage and pose a health hazard. For example, clothing and even furniture can be damaged by earwigs, carpet beetles, silverfish, firebrats, pill bugs, sow bugs and moths. Other insects — including ants, cockroaches, bran bugs and meal moths — can invade your pantry and food supplies.
Less dangerous insects also can seek solace in your home during the winter. Although most don’t pose any real threat, they probably aren’t your No. 1 pick for roommates. These include centipedes, millipedes, spiders, box elder bugs and any kind of insect that can be found in firewood. Some types of spiders also take haven in the woodpile, so keep an eye out for those as well.
How Do Pests Get In?
Mice and squirrels can find their way in through loose flashing or the small holes in your siding where pipes or electric wires run in. Insects get into your home through open doors and windows, by hitching a ride on firewood or anything else (including you) that comes in from outside. Bugs will also find their way in through gaps around doors and windows.
If pests have already found their way inside your home, it’s important to contact a pest control professional as quickly as possible. Most winter pests won’t waste time wreaking havoc and reproducing, and a full-scale infestation is a real risk. The best defense is a strong offense, so get out there now and seal any potential access points with caulk or weatherstripping.
If you live in the Salt Lake City area, call the professionals at All Green Pest Control and Lawn Care to apply a barrier around your home. Our highly effective pest control products are safe for kids and pets, and they will help you enjoy a winter free of indoor pests.