dealing with unwanted pest in the winter

Dealing with Unwanted Pests During the Winter

dealing with unwanted pest in the winterServing Memphis, Cordova, Germantown & Collierville  TN

Wintertime may seem like a dormant season, which it is for some pests. However, certain pests simply make their way indoors for warmth or in search of food and water. The last thing you want is for rodents, cockroaches, or spiders setting up camp inside your home this winter. Here are tips from the pros on how to deal with winter pests.

House Mice

Regardless of where you live, either in the city or the country, house mice are everywhere. They even make their way into clean, newly built homes. They are simply looking for a dark, warm place to nest and find food. Typically, mice will hideout in attics or basements, but can make their way to just about anywhere around your home. They can cause a significant amount of damage to your home and its belongings as they chew away at paper, fabric, insulation, and just about anything they can in search of food and a warm nesting spot. Mice will even chew on wires, which could pose a serious fire hazard and danger to you and your home. Not to mention, mice are known to carry and spread diseases to humans!

Tips for getting rid of mice:

  • Be sure to seal up all cracks or holes around your house. Use either caulk or steel wool since mice tend to be turned off by steel wool and cannot chew through it.
  • Always keep your home clean and clear of clutter and boxes, which is what mice prefer when searching for a spot to nest.
  • Check out your home regularly for signs of mice activity. Typically, if you have mice, you will find droppings around the baseboards, under furniture, and in boxes or cabinets. Gnaw marks on sealed food packages is another sign of mice in your home.

Norway Rats

Norway rats are much larger than your typical house mice. They are also more destructive. These rodents can be found in basements and can even chew through concrete blocks or lead pipes. Similar to other small rodents, these rats prefer to nest in clutter or piles. These rodents also can transmit diseases – the most common ones being cowpox virus, rat-bite fever, or jaundice.

Tips for getting rid of Norway rats:

  • Seal all cracks and holes. These rats can access your home through a hole no larger than a quarter. Use silicone caulk to fill holes and cracks.
  • Ensure your crawl space and basement remains dry and free of moisture. Rats and house mice alike prefer moist areas for water sources.
  • Check your home for signs of an infestation. Look for rather large droppings or greasy rub marks along your baseboards.

German Cockroaches

Known as the most common type of household cockroach, these roaches are found just about anywhere in the U.S. They prefer areas close to food and water such as the kitchen, but can be found throughout the home or in bathrooms. They can access your home via small entry points, cracks, crevices, and holes. They are also known to be carriers of diseases, which can spread to humans and make allergies and asthma symptoms much worse, especially in children.

Tips for getting rid of Cockroaches:

  • Avoid leaving food crumbs lying around
  • Clean your home often
  • Take out the trash regularly
  • Occasionally inspect under your sinks for signs of roaches

Brown Recluse Spiders

Brown recluse spiders prefer to spin webs in areas such as closets, basements, attics, and crawl spaces. These undisturbed areas are the perfect idea spots for brown recluse spiders. They also like to hide in boxes or along windows. Sometimes, you may even be unpleasantly surprised to find one inside of shoes or garments that you have not worn in a while. Be sure to shake clothing and shoes out that have been in storage, before you put them on.

Tips for preventing brown recluse spiders:

  • Trim trees, shrubs, and plants enough to keep them from brushing against your home and roof
  • When storing clothes or sporting equipment, place inside sealed storage containers
  • If you get bitten by a spider, have it checked by a medical professional

Raccoons

It is not uncommon for raccoons to build their den inside of attics or chimneys. The problem is that these vermin carry and transfer diseases such as rabies to humans.

Tips for getting rid of raccoons:

  • Keep trash bins sealed, with animal-proof lids or stored inside the garage or shed
  • Check your home for areas accessible by raccoons or other unwanted pests
  • Cover chimneys and vents with mesh
  • Keep trees trimmed back so that branches do not touch your home

Pest Control in West Tennessee

The winter season is not the time to forget about pest control in Cordova. Choose AAA Termite and Pest Control for your pest control needs. We proudly serve customers of the Cordova and Memphis, Tennessee. Call us at (901) 737-7378 to schedule your consultation.

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