The onset of colder months can often mean pests find their way indoors. It may not seem like it with 110-degree weather in September, but Las Vegas does cool down, and pests will make their way inside your home seeking shelter. Here are some problems to keep an eye out for this fall and winter.
Mice and rats will infest your home at any time of the year, but you will see an increase during the winter because they simply don’t want to be outside. Mice and rats can fit through a hole the size of a coin, and a pregnant rodent can start a whole infestation by itself. Rodents also carry disease, so if you suspect you might have a rodent problem, call a professional immediately for a plan of action.
Cockroaches may also appear more frequently in your home during the winter months. They can not survive in cold temperatures and burrow underground or make their way into your home for warmth. Cockroaches also carry many diseases and can trigger asthma and allergic reactions. They will eat anything in their path, so one way to prevent cockroaches is to ensure all pantry items and food are securely stored.
While most spiders aren’t deadly (excluding Black Widows and Brown Recluses), they are unsettling to have around your home. The colder weather will push spiders indoors, so make sure your home is thoroughly protected against them. That may look like replacing weather strips or having a professional inspect and treat your home.
Bed bugs are an all-weather pest, but they can crop up more in the winter due to extensive holiday travel. Because bed bugs are expert hitchhikers, you may want to check luggage, hotel rooms, and any belongings when you travel and come back home. If you do find that you have a bed bug infestation, DIY methods rarely work, so call Anver Pest Control to get rid of them.
What You Can Do
As always, the best defense against pests is a good offense. This winter, make sure you do the following to help ensure that pests stay where they belong: outside.
- Seal all possible entrances for pests, including all gaps or tears in windows and screen doors and cracks in your foundation.
- Inspect any outdoor objects before storing them for the winter or bring them indoors.
- Trim back vegetation from the walls and roof of your home.
- Store all food in air-tight containers in the refrigerator and off the floor of the pantry.
- Keep your home as clean as possible, store food in the kitchen, and clean crumbs and spills quickly.
If you still need professional help with pests, call Anver Pest Control today for a free home inspection!