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Winter Pests: What You Need to Know – Part Two

German Cockroaches

This is the most common cockroach species in the world, and definitely something you don’t want moving into your home. They look for places that provide a source of food and water for them, and they are so prevalent that they can get into your home by being transferred from used appliances, grocery bags, and boxes. Once in your home, they gravitate towards the bathroom and kitchen, where they can contaminate your food and spread bacteria. Plus, living with these bugs can trigger allergies, especially asthma in young children.

To keep these cockroaches from becoming your new roommates, you should:

  • Keep your kitchen clean – Wipe off counters and floors often to keep them free of crumbs.
  • Vacuum – Keep your floors clean by vacuuming regularly. Also, don’t allow your garbage to accumulate – take it out often.
  • Check the nooks and crannies – In your bathrooms and kitchen; make sure you look under appliances and under sinks for signs of cockroaches.

Brown Recluse Spiders

Spiders are bad enough, but these spiders can actually hurt you and your family. Brown recluse spiders like to hang out in places they won’t be disturbed, such as attics, crawl spaces, closets, and basements. You might even find them hanging out in cardboard boxes and along the moldings around your windows. Check your shoes too, especially pairs you don’t wear regularly. These spiders are dangerous because if they bite you, they inject venom that can cause some serious issues for you – and it’s quite painful.

To make sure your home isn’t a beacon to these spiders, you should:

  • Keep trees and shrubs trimmed – These spiders gain access to your home through plants outside your home that may be touching the room or siding. Keep them trimmed away from your house.
  • Use plastic containers – When you put clothes and shoes away for storage, use plastic containers so they can’t gain access. Make sure when you get things out of storage you check in gloves, baseball mitts, and shoes before putting them on – the spiders like to hide in there.
  • Get medical attention – If you think you’ve been bitten by one of these spiders, get medical attention as soon as possible.


Raccoons are familiar creatures, so they may not freak you out as much as other things on this list. Still, you don’t want them moving inside your house. They can get in through attics or chimneys to set up a den, and you do not want them there. They happen to be one of the primary hosts of rabies in the United States.

You can make you home less appealing to raccoons by:

  • Storing trashcans and recycling bins inside – Raccoons love trash, so keep it put away in a storage shed or outhouse. If you can’t do that, buy trashcans with animal-proof lids.
  • Inspect your home for access points – Look at the outside of your home and make sure there’s no place they can get in, such as broken or missing vent covers, loose shingles or loose siding.
  • Cap your chimney – Make sure your chimney doesn’t provide easy access and keep tree branches trimmed and away from the roof.

If you need help making sure your home isn’t the perfect place for winter pests to call home, contact the experts at Green Army today!

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