Most people agree pests seem worse in the summer and seem to disappear in the winter. Unfortunately, “seem” is the key term. While pests are the most visible in warmer seasons, they are by no means gone once the weather turns cold. In fact, pest prevention and control is just as important during the winter, if not more so. Read on to find out how and why of Toronto pest control in winter.
It’s a common misconception that pests die off and go away in the winter. This could not be further from the truth. Instead of dying, pests often hibernate or go into a similar state known as diapause. While in these states, pests are simply waiting out the winter and will be there to greet you during the first spring thaw.
The pests that don’t hibernate seem to disappear as well but instead of laying low for the winter, they are actually going on about their lives and reproducing. How? Just as we like to be warm in the winter, so do pests. Our houses are nice and warm, and provide nice, warm places for pests to hide out. The cold weather drives them into our homes where they can be just as much of a nuisance – if not more so – than in the summer.
Common winter pests include rats and mice, cockroaches, ants, and pantry pests such as weevils and meal moths. Luckily, there are several easy and common sense steps you can take to help prevent winter infestations.
Prevention and Control
Because no one wants to live in a home overrun by pests, the first step is prevention. Common winter pests thrive because of readily available food. Keep your kitchen clean and make sure your pantry is free from crumbs or any other bits of food. Seal food containers tightly – and don’t forget pet food and bird seed containers as well. You should also vacuum or clean food spills and crumbs immediately.
The next step is to seal off any points of entry where pests may access your home. This includes any holes on the outside of your house, as well as ripped or torn screens, gaps under doors and windows, and cracks around pipes. Keep in mind that mice can chew their way through metal and plastic, so further measures may be required. When in doubt, call a professional pest control company to do a home inspection to indentify points of entry and potential problems.
Another critical step in pest prevention is to not only make sure your home is secure and free from crumbs and clutter, but also to remove all spider webs and any egg cases you may find. Removing eggs now will go a long way toward reducing the amount of pests in your home later. Using pest repellant can also help deter and reduce pests.
Don’t forget the outside of your home. Overhanging trees can make a great bridge for insects, and wood and brush piles next to your home make great places to hide. Clear your gutters and overhangs, and store any yard waste away from your house.
Follow these tips and your home will be nice and cozy for you, but not for any unwanted guests.