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Watch Out for Winter Wanderers

Thursday, February 13th, 2020 by Bill Cowley


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Even though February is known for being the month of love and affection, that doesn’t mean you need to be cuddled up indoors and sharing your home with winter pests. Don’t be afraid to show some tough love towards bugs and rodents this winter. Cowleys Pest Services shares the most common winter pests, as well as some helpful tips to prevent them from coming indoors.

  • Nuisance wildlife such as squirrels and raccoons often invade homes through attics or chimneys in search of a denning site. Screen any open vents or chimneys to prevent these pests from getting inside. 
  • Rodents are said to invade 21 million homes in the U.S. each winter, bringing with them bacteria and pathogens that can spread to your family. These pests can even gnaw on the structure of your home and on electrical wires. To keep rodents out, seal all cracks and holes leading into the house.  
  • Cockroaches are filthy insects that can survive in almost any weather condition. It is important to practice proper sanitation, keeping homes free of food debris and dirt. Homeowners should also eliminate any moisture buildup in dark areas of the home such as attics, basements and under appliances and sinks. 

 

Spiders can also be more noticeable this time of year as they make their way inside. Although most species of spiders are harmless to humans, brown recluse and black widow spiders can pack a dangerous and venomous bite.