Everyone knows how important pest control is in the spring and summer. As the weather warms up and the flowers begin to bloom, we see all sorts of bugs. Did you know pest control is just as important in the winter?! As the temperatures drop some pests will hibernate, and others will seek warm, dry shelter and food which leads them right into your home. Continuing with a regular pest control year-round is important to treat in the warm months and prevent unwanted visitors in the cold months. Here are some helpful tips…
1) If you have a fireplace, make sure to keep any stored wood at least 20 feet from the house. Not only can ants build communities in the firewood, but so can spiders, and snakes.
2) Make sure to seal all entry points into your home! Replace any weather stripping, and block off any entry into the home or garage area. Rodents can find their way into your home, so this is a very important step!
3) Pests that may already live inside your home are not affected by the decrease in temperature, they will continue to thrive if it is not handled properly
4) Continue having EnviroGuard treat your home, including all entry points (doors, windows, and weep holes) to protect it, and ready it for the Spring is a must!
5) It is said that cockroaches can survive the apocalypse, so you better believe they can and will survive a winter. In fact, the cooler weather doesn’t even slow them down.
Just because you don’t see as many pests in the winter doesn’t mean they aren’t there. They are hiding and waiting for the warm weather to return. Just like us!
BY BRANDY GAUTHIER
Cockroaches are one of the most disgusting pests! Not only do they carry a wide variety of diseases, they are also nearly indestructible. These 2 things alone make them utterly terrifying. but wait there’s more, here are some facts about cockroaches to make your skin crawl.
Let’s start with how dirty these buggers are. Cockroaches will eat virtually anything from crumbs on your floor to dog droppings in a yard (like the common house fly). Any bacteria they consume can stay in their digestive track for months or even years! As these guys scurry around, they track that bacteria all over your home (I promise you don’t want to know how). Not only have cockroaches been linked to illnesses such as E. Coli, Staph, and Salmonella, they also cause allergies and asthma. According to the WHO an estimated 300 million people suffer from asthma worldwide. They have made a direct correlation between children living in urban areas suffering from asthma, and their contact with cockroaches. About 23-60% of people with asthma are sensitive to cockroach allergens.
Cockroaches have been on earth for millions of years, so they survived whatever it was that ultimately killed the dinosaurs! These guys can live for 1 week without its head, 2 weeks without food, 1 month without water, and can hold their breath for 40 minutes. Cockroaches can also survive cold temps down to about 15 degrees Fahrenheit, but they start looking for warmer places to hunker down in when it gets down to about 32 degrees.
While cockroaches can survive cold weather, they do prefer warm and humid climates, preferably close to a food and water source. This makes your kitchen a perfect spot for these pests. Most roaches in the home can be found in cracks in the wall, confined spaces like behind the stove or refrigerator, kitchen cupboards, around water heaters, and in drains (just to name a few). If you do see or suspect you have roaches it is important to call a professional and reputable pest control company. When we service your property we use a treatment that will help keep away general roaches, but if you do happen to get a particularly bad infestation we can create a unique treatment plan for your home.
BY BRANDY GAUTHIER
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