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Overwintering Pests Are Giving Me A Headache In New Castle

January 25, 2022

 

As the weather becomes colder, it’s not uncommon to hear people say, “at least all the bugs will die.” While this is true for many pests, it is a common misconception or wish. Many pests, including insects and wildlife, become more aggressive in their attempts to get inside in the winter.

These pests include stink bugs, rodents, crickets, moths, flies, ladybugs, and boxelder bugs. Because the temperature starts to drop in the early fall months in New Castle, residents should begin implementing prevention methods around their property sooner rather than waiting until winter.

Problems Overwintering Pests Cause

Like the pests that infest spring through summer, overwintering pests come with many problems—these range from health concerns to property damage, which are stressful to deal with.

The following is a list of problems you might experience if you have an infestation of overwintering pests:

  • Spread of diseases like plague, typhus, rabies, tuberculosis, rat-bite fever, tularemia, salmonellosis, hantavirus, leptospirosis, dysentery, and cholera.
  • Causing asthma and allergies by the waste, shed skin, and fur they leave behind.
  • Contamination of food, surfaces, and personal hygiene products with waste, saliva, and bacteria.
  • Spread of fleas and ticks, which can cause other health concerns.
  • Bites and contact with certain pests. 

Many pests can cause structural property damage, ruin personal belongings, and even cause fire and flood hazards. 

a boxelder bug on a wood panel in a home

Preventing Overwintering Pests

As previously stated, fall prevention is necessary to keep pests out of your home when temperatures drop. However, you can still implement the following tips throughout the winter for continuous prevention.

Pest control experts recommend the following prevention tips:

1. Seal Any Potential Entry Points:

  • Inspect the foundation and exterior walls of your home.
  • Check the roofline for holes.
  • Use vent covers and chimney caps.
  • Install screens, door sweeps, and weather stripping on all doors and windows.
  • Fill in gaps around door and window frames and where utility lines enter your home.
  • Keep doors to outbuildings closed.

2. Deep clean your home, especially the often overlooked areas like underneath heavy appliances and inside cupboards.

3. Store food in air-tight containers and clean up food debris.

4. Use garbage cans with tight-fitting lids that pests can’t get into.

5. Address Moisture Issues:

  • Fix any leaking pipes and faucets.
  • Clear gutters and make sure downspouts are directing water away from your home’s foundation.
  • Remove any organic debris from your yard that holds water.

The best form of pest prevention for overwintering pests is ongoing professional assistance.

How To Deal With Overwintering Pests

Professional assistance is the most effective way to deal with a pest problem, especially in the winter. New Castle residents can contact Moyer Pest Control for year-round pest prevention to protect you and your family from the pests you don't want inside during the winter. 

We offer three different customizable residential control plans:

  1. Exterior Home Guard: Starting at $30 a month, this plan has four services per year and includes:Free treatment of covered pests
  2. Complete Home Guard: Starting at $40 a month, this plan consists of 4 services per year and includes:Comprehensive inspections
    Tailor-made treatments
  3. Platinum Home Guard: Starting at $55 a month, this plan consists of 6 services per year and includes:
  • Three termite inspection and monitoring visits
  • Spider web and egg removal each visit
  • Four mosquito and tick applications
  • One interior inspection for pest prevention for cold months
  • Vole monitoring and inspection every visit

Give us a call today to learn more about our services at Moyer Pest Control for your New Castle property.

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