Does Cold Weather Mean You’re Safe from Household Pests?
Many homeowners make the mistake of thinking they will not harbor common household pests anymore once the cold weather hits southern Oregon. While many critters do thrive in warmer climates, they do not simply disappear as temperatures begin to drop. In fact, many common pests migrate toward houses in winter to stay safe from the cold. Before you assume you’re safe from insects, rodents, and other nuisances this season, get the facts on wintertime pests.
Mice Want to Move in for the Holidays
If you aren’t careful, you may have a few uninvited guests staying with you for the holiday season…mice. Mice and rats tend to show up most often inside houses during cold weather to take up residence in warm cracks and crevices. Keep an eye out for rodent droppings or evidence of nesting, such as scraps of cloth or insulation materials in strange places. Rodent activity increases at night. Call an exterminator if you notice signs of rodents in your home before they can cause too much damage.
Cold Weather Doesn’t Kill Insects
Just because you see a decrease in the number of cockroaches, mosquitoes, or ants infesting your home when temperatures drop doesn’t mean they’re gone for good. Seeing fewer insects can give you a false sense of comfort, making you believe you’re safe from critters until next spring and summer. This simply isn’t the case in southern Oregon.
Insects often retreat to deeper places within your home, such as cracks in the wood, crevices in your foundation, and up in the rafters. Here they will live the entire winter, reproducing and developing. This is why once the weather warms you’ll notice infestations that seem even more powerful than the year before. Don’t let your guard down during winter just because critters make themselves scarce – hire our exterminators year-round to keep bug populations under control. A-One Exterminators can help you handle pests this fall and winter.