A CHILL IN THE AIR SENDS PESTS INDOORS
Rose Pest Solutions reminds homeowners to be vigilant of pests during the colder months
As temperatures across the country continue to fall, homeowners may soon be joined indoors by unwelcome guests. Rose Pest Solutions, a pest management company servicing Chicagoland, warns that pests including ants, spiders and rodents are looking for a warm refuge from the upcoming winter months.
“Many pests have trouble adapting to the colder weather, so the change in seasons forces them to become opportunistic and search for a safe haven indoors,” said Rich Smith, Director of Residential and Commercial Services for Rose Pest Solutions. “Unfortunately, our homes act as the perfect refuge for pests because they have access to shelter, food and water throughout the winter.”
Tips from NPMA
Experts at the National Pest Management Association, a nonprofit organization committed to the protection of public health, food and property from household pests, recommend the following tips to keep these pests outdoors where they belong:
- Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home with caulk. Pay special attention to areas where utilities and pipes enter the home.
- Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
- Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
- Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery well trimmed.
- Consider partnering with a licensed pest professional to identify pest problems and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.
“We also encourage homeowners to eliminate all moisture sites, as some pests such as termites and carpenter ants are specifically attracted to this element,” added Smith. “Once inside, both of these pests can cause extensive damage to homes.”
How to get rid of boxelder bugs and other overwintering pests
Fortunately, you’ve got some options here. And once it begins to snow, those options may be narrowed a tad, but there’s always a way! Let’s review:
- TAP Insulation. This stuff is incredible! It can be installed in your attic even during winter months. It’s not just for controlling pests in places you don’t go into in your home, but it’s a tax break, will save you a TON of money on energy bills and is a sound barrier!
- Vaccuum. If your home has ongoing boxelder bug, spider, or asian beetle activity, your vaccuum is your best friend for keeping them under control once they’ve already gained access to the wall voids of the house. If they’re not inside, budget for an exterior treatment for your house in the spring. You won’t regret the wonders it will do for you!
- Interior inspection and treatment. Sometimes, fluke pest activity happens when there’s snow on the ground. Especially with rodents and carpenter ants being such survivors and scouts for food and shelter. While an exterior service is difficult in winter months, you can still be protected from within the inside of your home. We customize services to suit your needs and your specific situation.
Signs of mice in the house?
Let’s fix that! Here are some awesome tips for that…
- Store boxes and containers off the floor and organize items often to prevent rodents from residing in undisturbed areas.
- Seal cracks and holes, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home.
- Store food in thick metal or plastic containers with tight lids.
- Clean up spilled food right away immediately and wash dishes and cooking utensils soon after use.
- Keep outside cooking areas and grills clean.
- Do not leave pet food or water bowls out overnight.
- Keep bird feeders away from the house and use squirrel guards to limit access to the feeder by squirrels and other rodents.
- Use a thick plastic or metal garbage can with a tight lid and keep sealed at all times.
- Keep grains and animal feed in thick plastic or metal containers with tight lids. In the evening, return uneaten animal feed to containers with lids.
- If you find rodent feces, hear sounds of scurrying in the walls or observe other signs of a rodent infestation, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the pest problem.
- Get a cat. JUST KIDDING! LOL.