Winter Pest Invasion

As many people know, summer is a prime pest season. But that doesn’t mean they go completely inactive during the winter. In fact, pests are more likely to invade your home in order to seek warmth and shelter. Pests are just trying to survive, and your home provides what they need in order to do so. Having an indoor pest control service is important year-round, no matter what the weather is like. Below is some information on the pests that remain active during the winter and what to do if you see them:

Cockroaches

Cockroaches have been around for millions of years and are one of the most adaptable creatures in the world. They can survive year-round if they have access to warm and moist environments. During winter they are not able to reproduce as much as during any other season, so this is a great time to really enforce pest control practices. There are many signs of roaches. Physically seeing one is a sure sign, but if you notice feces or an unpleasant odor in your home then you may have an infestation.

Spiders

Spiders can invade your home at any time of the year. There is no particular time in which they are more common. If you notice a spider or two scurrying around your home during the winter, they likely have been living with you longer than you think. Spiders tend to make homes in your wall voids, attic areas, and other quiet areas. During the winter, they become more sexually active and you may see them coming out of their hiding places in search of a mate.

Ladybugs

Ladybugs like to spend their winters in large groups hibernating in large groups somewhere warm. Often, that warm spot is inside your home. While lady bugs don’t cause any serious damage, they can create two problems. They release a bad-smelling chemical when disturbed or squished, as well as often release a yellow fluid (it’s actually their blood) that can stain walls, floors, and fabrics. Ladybugs are actually a natural pest control in your garden. They eat mealybugs, aphids and other destructive insects too. Living inside your home isn’t where they are the most beneficial, but they do need to hibernate…just not in your home.

Firewood Pests

Heating up your home during the winter is a must. Unfortunately for those of you with a fire place inside your home, bringing in firewood that’s been sitting outside risks bringing in other pests. Insects like termites, stink bugs, and boxelder bugs love to hang out in firewood and will likely hitch a ride in your home when you need to start a blaze.

Not all insects are interested in invading your home though. Some will over winter as eggs or pupa, some will survive beneath the surface of the water. But for those who do seek your home as their winter shelter, call 3 Seasons. We want to keep your home safe this winter from pests, so you can stay cozy and warm without the stress of unwanted guests.

German Cockroaches

German Cockroaches: A Common Household Pest

german cockroach

German Cockroaches  are found throughout the world and commonly found where food, moisture, and dark places are available.  They contaminate food, leave stains, create foul odors and carry disease organisms. The German Cockroach is a small species of cockroach, usually only about 101-106 cm long. They are a lighter brown color with two distinct, darker stripes on their back. Although these species have wings, they can barely fly. They can glide when disturbed though.

When and Where?

German Cockroaches typically live in warmer climates and close to food, which is why they are commonly found in kitchen areas. Though nocturnal, German Cockroaches can be spotted by day. Especially when population has been crowded or disturbed. However, sightings are more frequent at night, when someone suddenly brings light to a dark room. They can also emit an unpleasant odor when excited or frightened.

Why In My Home?

German Cockroaches are attracted to meats, starches, and sugars. When there is a shortage of food, they will eat toothpaste and soap as well, which is why they can sometimes be found in bathrooms. In famine conditions, they can also turn cannibalistic by chewing on each others wings and legs.

How Do I Eliminate The Infestation?

Due to the lack of natural predators in a human habitat and the ability to hide in small refuges, ridding your home of these pest can be difficult-though not impossible. German Cockroaches can be resilient in the face of many pest control measures and it takes a professional to fully eliminate this species from your home, but must be a cooperative effort to include all occupants of the dwelling. To be effective, pest control measures must be precise. The survival of just a few eggs is enough to repopulate your home. If your suffering from an infestation, contact 3 Seasons for a fast, powerful pest control solution!

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