Winter is here! Many people tend to forget about pest control during the winter months because you might not see as many pests as during the rainy season. But just because you may not see an immediate issue, does not mean it’s not important to be precautious about conditions that might lead or encourage a pest issue in the springtime. On the contrary, the cold weather might have sparked the knowledge that you do have an issue that was otherwise unnoticeable.
When the weather outside changes, oftentimes pests will seek refuge inside your home where the temperature is comfortable. This can show that you have entry points like a window or door that isn’t fully sealed. It can also show you if any unwelcome guests have been using your insulation as nesting grounds in the last months.
Just like people, rodents seek out warmer places on cold days during the winter. Your home is warm and comfortable for you, chances are it’s warm and comfortable for pests. Because of this, it is possible to notice an increase in activity for mice and rats during this time. It is important to take immediate action if you do find any rodent activity.
Especially in Florida, where the cold is a harsh, wet cold. Rodents will look for a warm, dry area to nest. If your home, attic, or yard becomes this new home for the rodent you may experience an infestation by early spring. As we’ve gone over how quickly rats and mice can procreate, we know it is almost exponential by nature.
Based on how quickly they bread and can go undetected, be sure to inspect for rodents and quickly put a stop to any unwelcome pests. Aside from the fact that they are a nuisance, rodent infestations can be very dangerous. Mice and rats can carry diseases like hantavirus and salmonella. On top of this, they can cause property damages. Rodents have been known to chew through electrical wiring which can lead circuits to short out and electrical fires. Additionally, they will gnaw on the wood, which can lead to structural damage.
These inspections only need to take a moment. It can be as simple as when you are playing with your kids or pets. Take a quick walk around the property. Be sure to examine the condition of your roof, walls, and landscaping. Look for commons signs of rodent activity like dropping, scratch marks, and entry holes near your foundation and walls. If you do find any damaged areas or entryways, be sure to repair or barricade these areas. Consult with a professional like Drive Bye Exterminators if you have any questions or need help.
Any tree branches that may lean onto your roof or walls create a nice convenient bridge for pests to your home. Any damages from fallen branches or weather conditions can also provide entry points to your home. This is true for both insects and rodents. It is easier to inspect potential problem areas and handle them quickly before it turns into something serious.
If you happen to be a homeowner in Florida with a fireplace this is an especially important time to check for pests. While we may only get to use our fireplaces a handful of times throughout the year, pests can use the dark warm space for nesting and even entry throughout the year. You do not want the cozy atmosphere of a fireplace to be ruined when you discover any unwelcome pests have been taking up residency in there throughout the year.
The moisture in wood stored outdoors creates the perfect atmosphere for breeding and feeding roaches. Be sure to inspect your wood and keep it in a safe, secure area. Additionally, it is important to regularly check and clean your fireplace.
All year round, food storage is important to keep pests under control. During the holiday months, guests are coming in and out of your home. On top of that, there is a surplus of food – especially sweets in the house. It is important to store food in properly sealed containers to avoid contamination and infestations. Open boxes of food and food left out will attract rodents and insects.
If you find any signs of insect or rodent activity, call Drive Bye Exterminators. Our experts can help you identify the problem and get it under control. We can also help prevent any issues with pests as we head towards springtime. Pests issues are not something you want to bring into the new year. Call us today, and we can help prevent and control any issues you may have in a safe and effective manner.