What the Wintery Weather Means for Pests
Winter has arrived this year with an attitude. Snowstorms and cold snaps across the country have been causing travel delays, school closings and chilly commutes, but the weather could also be affecting homes, making it easier for pests to find a way inside.
Cold weather pests including rates and raccoons can cause structural damage to walls and electrical wires as they search for food or a place to stay warm. Mice and cockroaches can carry diseases such as Hantavirus and Salmonella that can make family members sick. Keeping these pests outside is the best way to stay safe and healthy while spending the wintry season indoors.
When the temperature drops and snow starts to accumulate, rodents will be searching for warmth indoors. Rodents can squeeze through small cracks and crevices that might get overlooked, especially where pipes and wires enter the home. Once inside, they can cause structural and electrical damage and spread disease.
One issue to be on the lookout for is ice dams. They form on roofs and can prevent snow from melting. The moisture backup from ice dams can cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation and drywall. This can attract a number of pests that love moisture such as carpenter ants.
Winter is the time to keep warm indoors, but you don’t want to be cuddling up with pests as well. InCide® Pest Control Insulation installed in your attic and walls can help keep the cold air and unwanted pests out of your home. InCide® will kill listed pests upon contact with the insulation.
If you need additional insulation or suspect any type of infestation, contact a licensed pest professional.