Temperatures are dropping quickly around Oklahoma and, before we know it, it will once again be wintertime. While this may lead some pests to finally go into hibernation, many other winter pests will take a different approach. Unfortunately, this could mean that unwanted pests are making their final push inside of your home for warmth, food or shelter to sustain them throughout the upcoming cold season. Even worse, the range of pests you could be experiencing may represent a much larger group than you thought.
Many homeowners think that when winter finally hits, their pest problems will be gone until the spring. While this may hold some truth outdoors, winter pest control services are critical for ensuring that no infestation occurs inside of the home where optimal living conditions are still being achieved. Since we too like to live in comfort, the same amenities we are using to enjoy the break from cold temperatures outside could be sustaining hidden pests as well.
Although it is important to remain vigilant in your approach to winter pest control, there are a few key pests that you should be mindful of throughout these seasons. Mosquitoes will likely be long gone after the first freeze finally hits, but many other pests like rodents and cockroaches are still thriving in environments that are accommodating to their basic needs and provide adequate safety from predators or humans that might harm them. A home will often have several secluded locations and could be home to a variety of pests at any given time without the homeowner even realizing it until populations are too large to sustain small hiding areas.
Winter pests are incredibly sneaky and will often gain entry indoors through the smallest cracks. Once indoors, they tend to live within wall voids, behind appliances that provide warmth or near water sources that are sustainable. If a homeowner is not paying attention, a small group of these pests can quickly become a much larger problem and lead to a full infestation. While it may be easy to overlook pests initially, continued growth in their numbers can be an alarming experience for some. For this reason, winter pest control services are likely the best approach to take – even when visible pests are not found.
Winter Pest Identification
The National Pest Management Association often encourages homeowners to take precautions against a variety of common winter pests that may be trying to get inside of homes. To help simplify some of the pests you should be looking for, we have compiled a list of the most common offenders below. If one of these pests is found inside of your home, do not hesitate to call the experts at Emtec Pest Control for winter pest control services that can make a positive impact.
Known as one of the most encountered rodents in the United States, house mice tend to be found in secluded, dark areas of homes during the winter. This means that nests will often be found in basements or attics, although they may nest and travel inside of wall voids as well. For this reason, house mice can cause large amounts of damage to drywall and electrical wiring – which may lead to increased chances of an electrical fire.
One other danger associated with house mice is that they can contaminate food and spreading diseases including tapeworms or Salmonella. To stay safe and eliminate potential house mice populations quickly, homeowners should regularly inspect the home for droppings, damaged food containers in the pantry or gnaw marks. House mice also tend to hide in clutter, so any boxes or piles of items should be stored properly to eliminate potential hiding spots.
Considered one of the most invasive cockroach species in the world, German cockroaches have adapted to the conditions found within a human home, making it the perfect habitat for them to obtain food and moisture. Although capable of finding their way indoors on their own, German cockroaches tend to “hitchhike” on bags, boxes and secondhand furniture or appliances. Once inside, their need for close water and food sources will tend to keep them in bathrooms or kitchens.
Like other cockroach species, the sight of a single German cockroach could signify that many more are nearby or that the nest has overcrowded. Like house mice, German cockroaches can contaminate food or spreading bacteria and human pathogens. Cockroach species can often also trigger allergies or make asthma symptoms worse for homeowners, particularly in children. If a single cockroach is found, this should be enough to warrant an inspection from a pest control provider.
While most homeowners associate termite damage with warmer months or swarming periods, they may be surprised to learn that termite workers continue working year-round to find new food sources and bring them back to the colony. Although frigid temperatures may mean that some activity slows and the existing colony will move deeper into the soil, the warmth radiated into the walls of a home is typically enough to sustain average working time for termites. This means that your walls could be suffering year-round without intervention or proper termite treatments.
The average termite colony contains hundreds of thousands of individual termites that are all looking for new ways to damage your property or other wood sources that may be nearby. At Emtec Pest Control, we have over 39 years of proven experience getting rid of termites from Oklahoma homes and businesses. Our experts will evaluate your home or business and recommend the best possible treatment options to completely eradicate all termites that may be present – including the queen.
As a nuisance pest, ants are most often associated with their ability to quickly ruin a picnic during the spring and summer; however, as a cold-blooded insect, ants require warmth to stay alive throughout the winter. To achieve this warmth, many ants will seek out shelter indoors and create nests inside of wall cavities and many homeowners may not even realize they are there until they begin foraging for food. Since Oklahoma has a large population of various ant species, there are many different characteristics and types of ant that could be lurking inside of a home during the winter.
Whether you're just seeing the occasional lone ant in the kitchen, or if they have mounted a full-scale invasion on your home, our technicians at Emtec Pest Control are prepared to use deadly force to rid your home of these annoying scavengers. No matter what type of ants you are finding inside of your home, our winter pest control services can help target and eliminate them. Our team can even help ensure your home has an invisible barrier that makes sure ants do not become welcome guests.
Struggling to Keep Up with Winter Pests?
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