Common Winter Pests

Winter is the time of year everyone likes to spend more time indoors where it’s so warm and cozy. Some pests don’t differ in that way and while some go into hibernation others want to invade your home with all the warmth and food source to tide them over until Spring arrives. Your local pest control association strongly suggests that homeowners take some precautions to keep these pests from invading your home. Listed here are the most common pests that a Vancouver pest control company sees and how to deter them.

House Mice

By far the most common rodent you will encounter is the house mouse hidden away in dark, secluded places. Once in the attic or basement they can cause serious damage by chewing through drywall or electrical wires that can spark an electrical fire. They can contaminate food and spread disease like salmonella and tapeworms.

Norway Rats

Along with the house mouse Norway rats will nest in basements as well as piles of debris and other undisturbed materials. They have the ability to gnaw through plastic or lead pipe in search of food or water. These carriers of diseases like jaundice, rat bite fever and cowpox virus need to be preventing from invading your home.

German Cockroaches

The most common type of cockroach, the german cockroach is found all over the world and can be found in small areas close to food and moisture in your home. Gaining entry by way of second hand appliance, grocery bags or boxes they prefer the kitchen or bathroom. Once inside they can contaminate food sources and spread bacteria and human pathogens and are known to trigger allergies, exacerbate asthma symptoms especially in children.

Brown Recluse Spider

Found in closets, attics, crawl spaces and basements where they like to spin their webs, be sure to check inside cardboard boxes, under window moldings and inside seldom used clothing or shoes. They can bite and inject venom when disturbed so approach with caution.

Raccoons

These pests are known to enter homes through attics and chimneys in search of a denning place and are a major host of rabies.

If you have concerns about these common winter pests contact us now at Local Pest Control.

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