Why Pests Love The Colder Months

As fall finally settles over Alabama, and temperatures get lower and lower with each passing day, the changing seasons can feel like a sigh of relief. Gone are the buzzing wasps and mosquitos that plague the sticky days of summer. But did you know that fall and winter can actually be even more damaging seasons for pest infestations than the warmer months? While pests thrive in the hot spring and summer heat, many are built to withstand the cold. And some are even able to wreak havoc in the dead of winter, especially in more moderate climates like the one we enjoy in Alabama. If you are worried about pests getting bolder and more invasive during the colder months, read on to make sure that you know what to look for during a cold weather pest infestation.

Pests Are Ready To Move In

The main reason why pests are such a problem during colder months is that not everywhere is cold. More specifically, while the outside may be a cold and untenable environment, your home is warm. It’s full of the damp, dark places that many pests thrive in. During the cold months, pests seek to get out of the cold … and they move into your home. These pests include cockroaches, termites, mice and rats, other hibernating rodents like squirrels and raccoons, spiders, and occasionally ants.

Before the weather turns too cold, make sure to do a thorough inspection of your home. Seal up any cracks and take care of any pest infestations that you are already experiencing.

Pests are especially dangerous during the winter because they often carry bacteria and can cause illness in your home. Late fall and winter are already known for being “flu season”. With all the time spent indoors, it’s easier to spread the cold, flu, or COVID-19. During the “sick seasons”, you don’t need pests making you sick as well.

Watch for the telltale signs of a pest infestation. Signs such as small flecks of unexplained dirt, chewed or frayed wires, wood, or furniture, and of course repeated sightings of the pests themselves. Call an exterminator at the first sign of an infestation. Take care of the problem before it get worse during the cold months.

The Colder Months Keep Some Pests At Bay

Thankfully, the cold fall and winter months do not provide a safe haven for all pests. Many outdoor nuisances die off in the winter and you can breathe easy, knowing that you won’t have to deal with them until the spring. Most notable among the pests that die off during the colder months are wasps and mosquitos, two of the biggest annoyances during the summer. Some pests can appear to die off, such as ants which do not die off but simply burrow further under the ground to where it is warmer. Some species of ticks can die off as well, but not all so it is still important to be vigilant about checking yourself for ticks after being out in nature.

While pests head indoors during the colder months, they don’t have to move into your home. If you are struggling with a cold-weather pest infestation, then call us. With free estimates, and a variety of plans designed to fit your pest control needs, Advanced Pest Control is the pest control service you need to keep your fall and winter pest-free. Contact us by phone or by filling out our contact form. We’re good at getting rid of unwanted pests!