Posted on: 5 January 2015Share
As you hunker down to ride out the cold winter weather, there are things in nature that are trying to hunker down with you. Just like you and your family move indoors, some of the pests that spend the majority of their summers outdoors, are trying to move indoors seeking warm shelter too. If you do not take the necessary steps, you will find yourself not just trying to get rid of these pests all winter long, but for the rest of the year as well.
While many rodents can be a nuisance all year-round, they can be particularly troublesome in the winter months. This is because they will often seek out shelter in your home, or outbuildings, to build their nests and breed. If left unchecked, they can quickly take over your home.
For example: With a common household mouse having an average of 6-8 babies in a litter, and five to ten litters per year, this population can quickly explode. Even a simple pair of squirrels who choose to move into your attic can have two litters per year, with an average of 5-6 pups per litter.
Either of these can not only wreck havoc on your household wiring, but will emit harmful urine and feces that can have a direct impact on your family's health.
Did you know that a squirrels front teeth grows throughout its life, and to keep them trimmed down, they must gnaw? If they are living in your attic, guess what they will be gnawing on.
Triatominae (Conenose or Kissing bugs)
If you have mice, or rats, depending on where you live, you very well may have to deal with kissing bugs. While there are approximately 130 species of this bug worldwide, there are only about 12 species that can be found in the United States. They feed off of the blood of their warm blooded hosts.
While many can be found in the nests of pack rats, they will also take up with bats, opossums, and humans. They will swarm further from the nest when they are in search of food, and will often enter your home through tiny cracks, and crevices. Once they find another host, they will make their homes in the cracks and crevices that surround their feeding sites, which unfortunately, is sometimes your bed.
The bugs are very difficult to detect due to their nocturnal nature, and the fact that there are many other bugs that look very similar to them. While their bite itself is painless, due to the fact that the bug emits an anesthetic in its saliva, the bite area may itch after you are bitten.
While on the subject of bugs, there is another one that you do not want to live with if you do not have to. Cockroaches are another pest that prefers to exist in warmer temperatures. Although they are able to live in almost any environment, sources that have a rich food supply is where they prefer. These bugs can often be very difficult to detect due to the fact that they are much more active at night.
If you think that just because you maintain a clean home, you have nothing to worry about, think again. You can bring in one, or two of these pests in almost any packing material.
Some cockroaches produce at least 300 - 400 offspring in a year, with other species producing quite a few more. With these types of numbers, it will not take long before your house will overrun with these creatures.
The great news is, you do not have to live with any of these pests if you choose not to. By maintaining a regular extermination schedule with a company like Desert Pest Control, and taking preventative measures, you can ensure that they do not move in for the winter, or any other season.