Here are the most common pests that invade your home during winter.
Most of us may have once wondered: “Where do pests go in winter, do they hibernate or migrate like birds?”. There are many ways for pests to avoid the coldness of winter.
How can pests survive in winter?
Migration is one strategy used to cope with the freezing temperature. Most of the insects migrate from south to north in Spring, for example, crop pests. Sometimes, these individuals may not return after the migration, and the next generation may instead migrate in the opposite direction.
Another method of surviving the winter is to overwinter as eggs, nymphs, larvae, or pupae. These methods, along with hibernation, are the most common ways for pests to survive winter.
Many insects hibernate as adults. Ladybug beetles are a well-known example of this method. Most insects seek shelter in tree holes, or cluster together to pull through the killing temperature.
Which pests are still active in winter?
Rodents get in your house in search of warmth, spreading diseases, and destroying your property. Typically, rodents gnaw, chew their way through the wood, strip the coating of electrical wires, ruining your appliances, and posing significant threats to human health.
Apart from rodents, many cockroaches also roam your house during this period of the year. In winter, cockroaches gather inside and lay eggs.
Another creature that also explodes in number in winter are termites. If left unchecked, these little insects can cause tremendous damage to your house. Termites are too small, and they don’t create an unpleasant smell, so if you want to root out the problem, look for signs of infestation.
Last in the list of examples, a very familiar insect – ants. In winter, they stay dormant and not cause too many problems, but things can get ugly quickly because of poor hygiene or when they detect a food source in the house.
So what are the solutions to this problem?
Are we just going to give up and let them take shelter in our houses? Foremost, for keeping any insects outside, prevention is critical.
Always remember, proper sanitation is almost everything. Inspect your house regularly in search of any cracks, holes, or gaps. The round rodents can enter your home through holes that are much smaller than them—screen all the vents that go into the attic, chimney, and crawl places.
It is also vital to store the wood you plan to use for heating on high ground and cover it with plastic tarps. If you want to have any houseplant in the winter indoors, check them thoroughly and spray insecticidal soap to kill pests.
Clean your house every other day, especially the kitchen. Do not leave leftovers on the table overnight. It does not differ from inviting pests to a feast. Your bin should be emptied every evening after dinner, and all the food should be safely stored in fridges or sealed containers.
Another way to stop insects is to reinforce your doors. Add weatherstripping or door seals to the perimeter of the frame to prevent insects coming in through this way. Use a clear caulk to seal the joint where the door frame meets the walls and the ground.
If you ever suspect a pest infestation, call in a pest control professional, who can help you do a thorough examination and set up comprehensive plans to prevent further infestation.
Last but not least, you can even use vegetables to chase the pests away. These vegetables include cucumber, onion, orange, etc. Put a slice on the cupboard, near the fridge, and their scent will help keep the pests at bay. Change these slices once every three days, or you will suffer the same problem with the insects.
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