As the winter and ice becomes evident in New Jersey, so does the pests that goes inside homes during this season. Don’t be fooled, thinking that just because it is winter that rodent and nuisance wildlife, bed bugs, or stink bugs will not be a problem at this time. You might think winter is a time when nature takes a rest, but in the world of pest control, there is no time to rest. Some pests may slow down, but they do not go away. Particularly, rodents, bed bugs and stink bugs are active even during winter. They will continue feeding growing, and multiplying often at the comfort of your home.
Rodents and Nuisance Wildlife
All rodents such as squirrels, rats and mice gnaw. The reason for their addictive gnawing is that their front teeth continue to grow throughout their lifetime. It just becomes a necessity for these creatures to wear their teeth down. Unfortunately, rodents gnaw or chew off insulation from power lines in attics and walls, which creates a very serious fire hazard.
These pests are also hosts to different types of parasites such as fleas, ticks, mites, lice that could migrate into your living quarters. When these animals die inside your premises, the parasites leave the host animal and find a new host.
What You Can Do
- Seal any vents or holes that could allow wildlife to enter your attic.
- Chop down tree branches that can provide great pathways to the exterior of your house, whether to windowsills, gutters, roof or chimney.
- Store food either inside the refrigerator or in sealed containers.
- Pet food should be kept in sealed containers.
- Use baits and traps if the rodents are difficult to catch.
- Keep clutter to a minimum especially in basement areas where pests can easily hide and find shelter.
- Have your vents screened.
Bed bugs are a growing problem across the country and not just in Jersey. The thought of your home being infested by these bugs may make you not sleep at night. However, an actual infestation can cause anxiety and fear, not to mention countless bites and marks. They tend to be more active during nights. They can be found in various locations such as mattresses, linens, electrical outlets and even small cracks.
What You Can Do
- Install mattress encasements on all of your beds in your home.
- Make sure that your home is clutter-free to so you can find these bugs.
- Wash your bed covers and blankets and dry in high temperature
- If buying pre-loved furniture, carefully inspect it before putting it inside the house
- Inspect your home regularly especially after you travel, when a friend stays overnight, and so on.
With the winter turning cooler, these smelly pests will look for a warm place to stay, which is why homeowners are starting to see these ugly, smelly insects inside. Stink bugs are known for their pungent smell that they mostly emit when they are frightened, disturbed or squashed. These bugs can be found where fruits grow, but they can also be seen infesting crops like soybeans, corn and peppers. When they invade a home, they can be seen near windows and buzzing about lights, TVs or computer monitors that provide light and warmth.
What You Can Do
- Seal or caulk around windows and doors.
- Keep branches and shrubs trimmed.
- Keep firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
- If they are inside the house, vacuum the insects. Make sure to empty the vacuum bag into a plastic bag and dispose of it immediately.
Horizon can prevent pests and nuisance animals from entering your home. If you have an existing pest problem or if you want to learn more about our programs, visit Residential Pest Control.