Winter Pests for Which to Watch

Winter Pests for Which to Watch

It is cold here in western North Carolina and southwest Virginia. We have already dealt with rounds of snow and ice, and the disruptions that come with winter weather. There is still a long way to go before spring. 

You might be thinking, at least winter kills all the begs, creepy-crawlies, and insects; however, in our area, pests can persist at your home or business all year long. It is a myth that bugs all die or hide when the temperature drops below freezing. There are some that take the winter off, like mosquitoes, but there are others that either take their place or come out specifically for the cooler temperatures. In this article, we are helping you identify common winter pests, and helping you know what you can do to get them out of your hair.


Common Winter Pests in the Carolinas and Virginia

Some insects like mosquitoes may take the winter off, but there are still several other pests you and your family will encounter throughout the winter. Some of the most common include:

1. Spiders

While they are most common during fall, spiders will hang out in your home throughout the cold months. There are only four types of venomous spiders in our area: Brown Recluses, Black Widows, Yellow Sac Spiders, and False Black Widows. Brown Recluses and Black Widows can be a serious concern for your family, but no one likes any spider making themselves at home in your house.

2. Termites

Termites do upwards of $5 billion in property damage each year. While many homeowners think termites are a problem for spring and summer; however, there are many species that remain active through the coldest times of the year. If you have even the slightest suspicion of termites in your home, you need to contact a professional exterminator immediately. 

3. Ants

Sugary baked goods are commonly associated with the holidays and winter. Ants seem to know when they can get a tasty snack in your home. In our area, they are not just a warm-weather pest. Beware of carpenter ants, as they can cause substantial damage to your home’s flooring and wood.

4. Bed Bugs

If you find yourself traveling or welcoming relatives for the holidays, your home is susceptible to the presence of bedbugs. They hide in sheets and blankets, clothing, and suitcases, waiting to unpack and move into your home. Bed bugs might leave tiny sores on you, and tiny red or brown spots on your bedding and furniture.

5. Stink Bugs

These beetles are one of the most annoying fall and winter pests. If they feel threatened, they release a smelly substance that makes everyone wish they were gone. 

6. Other Beetles and Bugs

Ladybugs, beetles, and many other insects can find their way into your house during winter. 

What Can You Do About Winter Pests?

If there are pests all year long, does that mean you just have to live with them? Not at all. Here are a few things you can do to reduce the presence of your least favorite winter guests:

Keep the kitchen clean.

Make sure you sweep or vacuum crumbs off the floor. Keep boxes sealed and clean behind appliances to avoid attracting ants and roaches.

Wash sheets and bedding.

If you have guests during winter or do any traveling at all, make sure you wash your bedding, suitcases, and clothes immediately. Hot water is preferred.

Seal entryways.

If you have drafty windows or doors, cracks in your foundation, or ventilation entry points, you can expect to welcome some winter pests. Have these areas sealed for better energy efficiency and reduced pests.

Watch your Christmas tree.

Your Christmas tree may be attracting pests. Keep an eye on it for signs of infestation and remove it long as soon as possible the holiday ends.

Reduce moisture.

Some pests love moisture. If you have excess moisture in parts of your home, you could be asking for ants, termites, and other pests to invade. Make sure you dry excess moisture and correct the source of it. 

Whatever the season, Rid-A-Bug Exterminating is here to help. We have 50 years of experience, including many winters exterminating pests in the Carolinas and Virginia. If the pests don’t rest during cold weather, the cold will not stop us either. If you have winter pests you need exterminated and eradicated, contact Rid-A-Bug Exterminating today. We provide fast, professional exterminating services for residents of the Carolinas and Virginia.