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Winter Pest Control Treatment Tips

You may call them winter pests / rodents. You may call them holiday visitors. You may call them pest just trying to stay warm. We call them seasonal invaders. They are the bugs, insects, and rodents that strike when the cold weather approaches. These winter visitors seek the warmth and comfort of your home and your business. Crawling in every crack and crevice they can to escape the pending winter cold temperatures. They include pests such as spiders, millipedes, springtails, box elders, mice and rats. These pests are commonly known to invade cozy homes and warm businesses during the colder months. Most pests will die off before the winter months, go in to hibernation, or retreat to their winter forts as ants do. There are many pests that do not take winter vacations. Instead they decide to fly, crawl, or jump to warmer locations provided by shelter located in houses and buildings . For this reason, your residential and commercial pest control services shouldn’t be skipped during the winter months. There are in-wall treatments that con be done, or other exterior fortifications that should be applied to keep your home or business bug free all year long. Skipping service for a few months could mean unwanted surprises during your next spring cleaning. The Kansas City Metro area is especially prone for a broad range of bugs and rodents, letting your service slip could mean letting in the local unwanted bugs or rodents. Is it worth risking your friends and families safety by letting your pest control maintenance slip for a month or two? Ideally, you should continue to have your home or business treated even when you believe that all of the pests are taking a winter break.

Tarantula

We caught this furry guy at one of our recent customers homes

Prepare for Winter!

Have you ever thought about what happens to all of those pesky bugs and rodents when winter comes around?

Most creatures need warmth to live and will try to locate to warmer environments. Your warm, cozy home creates the perfect habitat to these pests.

For many types of insects the cooler weather can determine life or death. Some insects have adjusted to the temperature over time while others die off. The insects that die off have  developed instinctual strategies over time to preserve the life of their species. This could be leaving eggs or building nests in a warm place.

Once the cooler weather approaches you should notice a significant decrease in insects in or around your home. Most adults and immature nymphs can not survive winter however, their eggs can. These eggs will eventually hatch in the spring creating a new generation of pests.

For bees termites and ants, the top priority in the cooler temperatures is protecting the queens of the colony. Ants will bury themselves underground and huddle in groups. Bees will form groups and flap their wings to create heat.  Wasps will usually die, however there are some that will try to find a safe place in your home. Once they find a spot they could consider safe they will go dormant until spring rolls around.

Warm homes become a target for unwanted pest.  Here are a few tips on how you can help prevent some of those pest:

  • Spiders – Fill gaps in baseboards, holes in the wall and empty storage boxes.

  • Rats/Mice – Put screens over chimneys and windows. Caulk openings around pipes or windows around the outside of the home. Have a clean well kept kitchen, Mice are attracted to dry goods so if there is cereal, cookies, rice, or popcorn etc. accessible there is a more likely chance that an infestation could occur.
  • Raccoons/squirrels – These rodents can gain entry through vents, holes in your roof and in chimneys. Prepare by covering entry points with hardware cloth and securing it into place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snake Traps

Baby snakes are no match for our pest traps!

Termite Prevention

We offer termite prevention! Termite Prevention can help you avoid the costly impact of treating termites once an infestation has begun. We used our preventative treatment at this residential home to ensure that termites would not damage the home in the future.
 

German Cockroaches

German Cockroaches are a common indoor problem. They multiply at fast rate making it hard to manage as a homeowner.

The pictures below are from three separate residential homes that we have treated and are now living pest free.

If you need help getting rid of unwanted cockroaches give us a call today for a free estimate!

 

Flying Termites

Have you noticed flying termites in or around your home? This could be a sign that a mature colony has already developed. After a termite has mated and picked a place to call home you are likely to find wings in window seals, on the floor, or around the outside of your home. Since this is the early stages of having an infestation, the best course of action is to call in Best Pest Solutions to kill the new colony before they cause any major damage.

These photos are a good example of what flying termites tend to look like.

Wasps

Please proceed with caution if you plan on inspecting a nest in or outside of your home. Call Best Pest Solutions for help managing wasps or removing any nests from your home.

Roaches

These roaches did not stand a chance with our pest control services.