When it comes to Fall Weather, us humans aren’t the only ones gearing up for the winter. Many of us look forward to fall in hopes the bugs finally stay at ease. Unfortunately, the pests are also gearing up and trying to find a nice cozy place to live out of the elements. Don’t let your home be the hotel for cold hating pests!
Fall Weather; The Top Culprits
Rodents ; Why They Like Fall Weather
Ah yes, the last thing that we all wanted to hear about. Rodents..First, Rodents, like rats and mice will find anywhere where there is a food and heat source to keep them cozy, fed and happy throughout the fall and winter. Second, they will take any slight opening as a welcome sign. So, what does look like a welcome sign to rodents? Well, it would be anything like cracks in walls, Vents, holes in eaves or chimney. Rodents can fit into the slightest smallest area. For example, Rats can fit through a hole as small as 3/4in. Also, Rats specifically can chew through very strong materials, so make sure you don’t have any weak point on your home.
Often, people associate roach with a cleanliness issue. However, this is not always the case with all types of roaches. Roaches only need three things just like other insects and pests. These three things include, water, food and shelter. They usually eat just about anything you could think of including cardboard, grease, soap or even human hair. Also, these guys have a good way of sensing moisture using a water source anywhere from a damp washcloth or sponge, or more commonly finding a home under your fridge, in the bathroom and laundry room.
Like many of us, we want warmth in the cold temperatures. Roaches depending on the type typically desire temperatures ranging from 70 to 90 degrees. So now we can see why they invite themselves in any chance they get! As well, they may particularly enjoy your home and prefer to stay if they have easy access to food and water. I mean hey, lets face it, if we could live somewhere for free and get free water and food wed take up on that right away! Just like rodents, these little guys can come in through small cracks in your walls, gaps between wall and floor and even dryer vents.
Ah, ants…..perhaps the most irritating and annoying pest that seems to really love invading homes. Just like everyone else again, they prefer to hide out indoors to tough out the cold weather. Ants are cold-blooded, so yes you know what that means… they cannot survive in the winter without being warm. A creepy thought is, ants could actually be living in your floors and walls but only come out and get noticed when they are on the hunt or have already found food. How do they get inside? You already guessed it. Just like the pests mentioned above it takes very tiny cracks on the exterior of the home, not proper sealing on windows and just about any tiny space they can find to squeeze into.
How to Prevent?
This is probably one of the most asked questions. The best way is to do a thorough inspect of your house inside and out. Make sure any cracks, crevices, seals etc are sealed up tightly. And as for the inside, make sure your are keeping the countertops wiped clean, crumbs off the floor, find any moisture areas and keep as dry as possible. Besides your own precautions, it is always worth it to be on a regular treatment with a pest control company.
One of the biggest mistake people make is thinking they don’t need Pest Control Service in the fall and winter months. But as noted above there are many pests who want in when the weather gets bad. Also, the pest control technician would be able to notice any small signs of infestation or point out an entry point that was not noticed by an untrained eye. Fortunately, Rh Miller Pest Services has been In the Central Florida area for over a quarter of a century. Our process starts with a free estimate. Call our office today at 407-339-7119 to schedule your free, no obligation inspection and or treatment.