It’s cold outside! But it’s warm and cozy inside your home. No wonder every mouse, rat or indigenous rodent in the region will be trying to find a way into your residence. Once they’re in, they are bound to cause enough disruption to live up to their reputation as a household pest. Rodents not only […]
While homeowners may not look forward to the winter heating bills, the winter does represent some relief from pests. Rodents tend to be a problem, but many other pests die out over the winter, hiding their eggs so that their DNA can live on. But not all Insects die. Some live on, finding places to hide or hibernate and waiting until the weather warms up. The following are some examples of scurrying creatures that survive the winter.
A Centipede is an insect that is both frightening visually and frightening practically. It’s not enough that the centipede is perhaps one of the creepiest looking insects on the planet – they also tend to hide out in shaded, damp corners, which means that most homeowners only come across centipedes by surprise in showers, basements, and anywhere else they can stay hidden. No one wants to come face to face with a centipede, let alone when they’re at their most vulnerable. So ideally, you need to make sure that your home is prepared before the centipedes could invade, thus reducing the number of invasions and making pest control easier.
Everyone fears spiders, and that fear is probably unfair. Very few spiders bite humans, most that do only produce a reaction similar to a mosquito bite, and even the most venomous spiders rarely cause any life threatening disease. The exception is the black widow spider – one of the only spiders that can cause a bite that can be fatal. Every year, hundreds of people are bitten by black widows and most need medical attention to avoid more serious complications.
House crickets are large, chirping insects that occasionally enter your home. Like a dripping faucet, the issue with house crickets isn’t necessarily that they cause much damage or pose a health risk. While they can destroy fabrics and carpets, the real issue is that crickets are noisy, and if you can’t find one of these crickets it’s not uncommon to find yourself wide awake all night as you seek it out.
If you or someone you know is aggravated by arachnids, it probably seems as though they make an extra effort to appear wherever you look—in your bed, your shower, under your furniture and in every dark corner of your home. Getting rid of spiders can be as simple as making your home an uncomfortable place for spiders to live in the first place, which may be easier to do than you would imagine.
If you encounter large numbers of bees in or around your home, they have likely made a nest somewhere on your property. Bees are useful creatures, but can turn into a pest problem if you can’t turn around without worrying that you might step on one. Locating your bees’ nest is the first step toward determining if you have an infestation.
On the surface, stink bugs are a relatively innocuous pest. They do not bite, they do not swarm, and they do not have an appearance that strikes fear in others. They’re a simple little insect that looks as gentle as it is. But stink bugs also have a horrendous odor – and that odor can make them a nuisance. Stink bugs release this odor when they are afraid, and the odor is even more pronounced when they are killed.