Wintertime Habits of Rodents
Some rodents, such as groundhogs and chipmunks, are hibernators. Others like mice, rats, and
tree squirrels remain active. But though tree squirrels will rarely make a foray into a home, rats
and mice are less cordial. When their food sources grow scarce and the temperature really
starts to drop, these pests have no problem finding the nearest warm abode and getting cozy
until the spring thaw.
Winter Habits of Insects
Believe it or not, spider removal
in the dead of January is a real thing. That’s because many
insects don’t just drop dead when it gets cold. If they did, you wouldn’t see them again when the
weather warms up. There are a variety of insects, and all of them have developed methods for
surviving winter weather. For example, even though male mosquitoes die during winter, the
females store up fat and enter a stage called “diapause”, which is their form of hibernation.
And while these pests are slumbering through the winter, plenty of other insects still go about
their bug lives regardless of the changing climate. A variety of termites are known to be active
throughout the year, and the same is true for cockroaches and spiders. Like rodents, these
insects might target your home as a bountiful resource and comfortable temperatures.
Why is Your Home More Attractive to Pests in Winter?
Aside from the reasons we’ve already covered – food and warmth – there exist a few other
factors that make your home an attractive winter destination for pests. Easy points of entry such
as gaps under doors, dryer vents, and cracks or holes in your foundation are commonly
exploited by pests seeking home entry. And since they don’t need to gnaw or dig their way in,
it’s difficult to know whether you have a pest infestation – which is why it’s important to caulk
and seal off these exterior entry points.
Pests, mainly spiders, can also gain access to your home by crawling up trellises, plants, or tree
branches that contact your house. So it’s a good idea to have these things trimmed back
periodically to eliminate this option of entry. Also, outside trash cans lacking secure lids provide
a beacon of opportunity for pests, and to a lesser extent so can pet waste left in your yard. And
once a pest gets inside, the availability of food sources such as crumbs, uncleaned countertops,
and open boxes in the pantry are big enticements for mice and rats wanting to get comfortable.
Leave Pests Out in the Cold Today
Just because there’s a chill in the air or snow on the ground doesn’t mean you should let your
guard down regarding pests. Whether you live in Benton, Harrisburg, or Marion, take advantage
of the professional pest solutions offered by Tabor Services. We’ll handle the spider, mouse,
and rat removal
while you enjoy the holidays.