In the colder months, we like to stay inside to keep warm. Unfortunately, so do many unwanted pests. Winter is the perfect opportunity for these home invaders to come on in and stay a while. When winters are extreme, it makes it even more likely that pests will try to find a place to stay. Winter pest control in Boise and the surrounding area is often necessary. Here are some winter pests to look out for.
- Mice. These little rodents are especially damaging, as they breed quickly and have a voracious appetite. They can chew through furniture, floors, walls, food stores, and other personal items. They can squeeze through openings as small as 1/4 inch, which means it’s not hard for them to make their way into your home. If left unchecked, they can spread disease and make you or your pets sick.
- Rats. Larger than a regular house mouse, rats are just as damaging to your property. They have been known to chew through electrical wiring, and will build nests in any nook or cranny they can find. Their feces can be very dangerous and carriers of several serious diseases.
- Spiders. Spiders often will make their way inside homes as the weather cools. There are some perceived benefits to spiders, as they will prey upon some other household insects. However, most people will not want to share their homes with these 8-legged arachnids. They can come in many varieties, and while most are harmless, there are some dangerous types. No one wants cob webs covering the inside of their home.
- Earwigs. The cause of some childhood nightmares, these bugs are mostly harmless. They are usually nothing more than a nuisance pest, but can bite if they are threatened. Either way, you won’t want these crawling all over your place.
This is a short list of some of the more common winter pests, but in truth, there are many more that may have found their way onto your property in these cold months. Unfortunately, many pests are difficult to get rid of once they have established their residence. In order to prevent this from happening, follow these simple tips:
- Seal any possible entry points for pests. This can include gaps or holes in doors, walls, foundations, and windows.
- If you have any foliage, bushes, trees, etc. near your home, trim it back. This will make your home much less attractive to pests looking for a place to stay.
- Get rid of any possible food sources for pests. Pet food, garbage and food scraps, or unprotected food storage can be a massive attractant for pests.
If you are finding these, or any other winter time invaders, you may need more than traps or other store bought solutions. Our professional pest control services can help you! Get Lost Pest Control is your hometown pest control expert. If you are looking for winter pest control in Boise, contact us today!