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Winter Pests to Be on the Lookout For!

Winter Pests to Be on the Lookout For!

Just because temperatures drop doesn’t mean you don’t have to be on the lookout for pests in your home! Winter is definitely not a time to let your guard down. Here are five pests you need to be on the lookout for this winter and what you can do to keep them out of your house!

Termites

Termites may swarm in warmer weather, but don’t forget that these subterranean bugs are active all year long. In fact, some types of termites can reproduce well into February inside your home. These pests live in colonies – colonies you don’t want in your home to wreak havoc and cause damage that can end up putting a huge dent in your bank account.

To keep termites from invading your home, you should:

  • Repair leaks – Roof leaks or pipe leaks – it doesn’t matter. Moisture is one of the things termites need to survive, so don’t give it to them.
  • Keep moisture away from your foundation – Make sure your gutters are in proper working order so that they drain away from the foundation of your home.
  • Eliminate wood to soil contact – This is how termites gain access to your home. If you have any part of your home made of wood in direct contact with the soil that must be resolved.
  • Keep soil or mulch from touching your siding – You need a barrier of at least a few inches between soil or mulch and the siding of your home.
  • Clean up your crawl space – If you have boxes, old books, newspapers or any kind of scrap lumber in your crawl space then it has to go!
  • Ventilate – Crawl spaces need to be properly ventilated to prevent moisture from building up.
  • Use mesh coverings – Make sure all your doors, windows, and ventilation openings have a proper mesh cover.
  • Get inspected – Have a trained professional out at least once a year to check for an infestation!

Bedbugs

Oh, the horror! Bedbugs are making a big comeback and it’s not welcome news. These little hitchhikers apparently love to travel and see the world, since they can be found everywhere – including airplanes, hotels and everywhere in between.

If you want to keep these pests from your home, make sure you:

  • Inspect your hotel – Before you even put your luggage in the room you should look at the headboards, box springs, and mattress seams for signs of bedbugs such as dark spots or dried blood.
  • Hang up your clothes – Don’t put your luggage in contact with the floor, even just for storage after you’ve unpacked.
  • Vacuum your suitcase – When you return home, vacuum the interior and exterior of your suitcase and wash all your clothes in hot water.
  • Request a new room – If you even suspect your hotel room has bed bugs, get a new one right away or switch hotels.

Crazy Ants

Crazy ants get their names from the erratic way in which they move. They often infest hay bales and winter flowers from nurseries and then sneak into your home from there. They infest in overwhelming numbers, which can make them really difficult to get rid of once they get in. Plus, because of the way they move you won’t always notice them moving in a straight line when entering your home, like most other ants.

To prevent an infestation you should:

  • Keep a manicured winter lawn – Make sure your lawn is kept all winter, that way you can try and catch a crazy ant infestation before it gets too large.
  • Identify – If you notice ants, get a professional in right away to help you identify what they are so they can be treated properly.
  • Treat it right – Different ants needs different treatment. If you don’t have the right treatment it may just make the problem worse, so work with a professional on this one!

Overwintering Pests

This is a broad category of what amounts of lazy animals that didn’t prepare their own nest for the winter. Ladybugs, beetles, and box elders are just a few of the type of pest that may seek shelter in your home this winter.

To keep these lazy bugs at bay, you should:

  • Seal the cracks – Check out the exterior of your home and make sure you have all the nooks and crannies sealed up tight. Pay special attention to walls that get a lot of light on the south and west sides of the home. Also, make sure your window and door seals are tight.
  • Vacuum them up – If you notice these pests, vacuum them up and then discard the bag once you’re done.
  • Install screens – Make sure you have screens over openings in your attic or foundation vents.

Stinkbugs

These bugs literally stink, so they’re definitely something you want to keep out of your home! In the warmer months they survive on crops, but in the winter they need shelter and your home is a prime target. Stinking is their defense mechanism, so if you scare one or smash one, get ready for a really unpleasant odor.

If you want to keep stinkbugs out of your home, you need to:

  • Use the vacuum – Remember, don’t smash a stinkbug, vacuum them up instead and then get rid of them.
  • Keep your home sealed up tight – Stinkbugs get in just as any other bug would, so make sure you have your home sealed up tight in order to keep them away.
  • Beware of pumpkins – Stinkbugs really like pumpkins, so if you winter decorations include pumpkins or you’ve grown a pumpkin patch in the summer, then be on the lookout for stinkbugs.

Green Army recommends you consult with a professional if you think you have an infestation of any kind of pest. If you attempt to get rid of them yourself, then you may just end up making the problem worse! greenarmypest.com

 

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