Are you wondering what pests are active in winter? During the winter, you may find it hard to believe that pests actually invade homes in search of food and shelter. Don’t be surprised if you begin to see more of them during this time. But, as usual, homeowners can do certain things to prevent pests from invading their homes this winter.
Common Household Pests During Winter
Why are there more bugs in my house in the winter? Pests such as mice, spiders, raccoons, and even roaches are in hibernation during the winter, but you may notice them in your home because they are looking for food sources and shelter. Here are some of the most common pests you may find during this time:
- Mice – Mice prefer areas that are hidden, such as basements and attics. They also prefer dark areas. But, if they invade your home, you will probably notice a lot of damage to electrical wires and even your drywall, which can create a hazard if they cause a fire. Mice can also spread diseases if they contaminate food and household surfaces with their feces and urine.
- Rats – Besides mice, rats also invade homes during the winter. They prefer to hide in basements among debris that has accumulated, which makes it hard for them to be found. But, they do leave behind evidence, since they chew on anything they can get their hands on.
- Cockroaches – This is probably the most common pest that is found all over the world. They are primarily found in locations that provide plenty of moisture and food. They can hide in cardboard boxes, grocery bags, and even in your kitchen and bathrooms. They can spread diseases and contaminate your food.
- Recluse spiders – Brown recluse spiders are typically found in crawl spaces, attics, basements, and closets. They are also found in cardboard boxes like roaches and can be extremely dangerous if they bite a human since their bites contain venom.
- Raccoons – Raccoons are typically found in chimneys and attics. They are mainly in search of a place to retreat during the winter season. Raccoons are known to carry rabies, so they should be handled carefully if you suspect they are in your home.
The best way to avoid any of these pests from invading your home this winter is by doing the following:
- Keep your trees trimmed near your home and roof.
- Keep shoes and clothing stores inside plastic bins.
- Make sure that recycling bins and trash cans are locked or kept in a shed.
- Check the exterior of your home for entry points.
- Install a covering over your chimney.
- Ensure that small cracks and holes are sealed.
- Keep floors and counters in the kitchen clutter-free and free of crumbs.
- Take the garbage out frequently and vacuum on a daily basis.
- Don’t forget to check periodically under the bathroom and kitchen sinks.
- Check your home on a frequent basis for indicators of an infestation. You can check for droppings and urine.
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