Beware of Winter Pests!

Beware of Winter Pests!

As we move through February and into early spring, you may think the critters are just starting to re-emerge. The unfortunate truth of the matter is that pests are just as much of a problem in the cold months. When the temperatures drop, pests look for a warm place to spend the winter. Unfortunately, your home looks like a 5 star B&B to them! The best way to prevent a serious infestation is to nip it in the bud during the winter, when they are fewer in numbers and not in mating season.

 

In Missouri, the most common winter pests are cockroaches, mice, raccoons, birds and the dreaded brown recluse spider. Read on to learn more about these creepy crawlers, and how to keep your home free from unwanted winter guests.

 

German Cockroaches

 

Cockroaches are one of the most serious infestations in the pest control industry. Not only are cockroaches unsightly, but they also are considered a serious health hazard. Even a single egg entering your home is enough to produce a full-blown infestation by summertime. To prevent the start of a new infestation, make sure you keep any trash clean and picked up, keep your home free of food debris, and vacuum often.

 

Mice, Raccoons, Birds

 

While all of these animals can be cute in theory, they’re not so cute when they’ve turned your garage, crawl space or attic into their personal abode. These creatures are looking for warm and dry places to escape the bitter winter winds, and also for food when plant matter is scarce. Mice, raccoons and birds are capable of carrying dangerous diseases like rabies, e.coli, hantavirus and more.

 

Brown Recluse Spiders

 

Though small in stature, brown recluse spiders are dangerous little creatures. While brown recluses aren’t known for being aggressive, they will bite when threatened (which can happen when you move a pair of shoes from a closet, or shuffle some gear in your garage). The painful bite can lead to an open ulcer, fever and severe allergic reactions.

 

If you’re experiencing difficulty with any of these winter pests, call Bug Out Pest Control right away. Even if the problem isn’t serious, it’s better to be safe and stop the issue before it becomes an infestation.

 

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