While seeing a few ants roaming about here and there may not be a big issue, you should look out for other pests that may be inhabiting your home. Even homes in a cold state like Wisconsin have pest infestations. Most pests thrive in warm conditions, but did you know that your warm home can attract unwanted guests as well? If you suspect you have a bug problem, you should contact a Wisconsin pest control service immediately.
Pests are not only a nuisance but can also be a health hazard. If you think the winter will save you pest trouble, think again. Here are some critters that will look for shelter and food in your warm winter home.
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While most mammals hibernate during the winter to conserve energy, rats and mice don’t. They stay awake all winter and function normally as they do in the summer. Of course, they require warmth and food to survive and will look for it in your kitchen. It is also easy to know that you have mice and rats in your home as they leave droppings everywhere. You will be able to hear their squeaking easily.
Rats are also carriers of listeria and salmonellosis, so you should try to get rid of them as soon as possible.
Spiders can creep out anyone. It is no joy finding one in your kitchen or bathroom. They will set up shop in your house in the winters, looking for other bugs to munch on. But there is something even more alarming. If you spot a spider in the winter, it probably means that they have been hiding in your home for much longer. Spiders’ eggs hatch in springtime and are mature enough to roam around on their own by wintertime.
Seasonal inspections are important. They can weed out spiders and other pests that may be hiding in plain sight. Contact pest control to do a sweep of your house and eradicate creepy crawlies.
Fleas and Ticks
If you have a dog or a cat, chances are they will carry unwanted ticks and fleas into your house when they return from their walk. These pesky bugs thrive in the cold weather. They can also carry Lyme disease and tularemia and can infect your family. It is therefore vital to ensure that no bugs are living in your pet’s fur. You should also vacuum the areas where your pet spends the most time. Regular vacuuming can destroy the eggs before they hatch.
These aren’t as common during the winter, but it is also not impossible to have a mosquito infestation. Mosquitoes carry dengue, malaria and Zika virus which can be fatal to humans. If you have an infestation, it is best to take care of it at the earliest.
You can take several precautions and still end up with pest infestation. Calling a professional is the only way to ensure you do not have pests in your house.