The term "overwintering pest" applies to any bug or wild animal that uses man-made harborage to hide from winter temperatures, but it is best applied to creatures that only hide temporarily. After all, overwintering sounds like something a creature would do over the winter, right? If you have mice, cockroaches, or some other pest creature that is able to easily find food resources inside your home, this is not the article for you. We'll be focusing on the overwintering pests that are not suited to live in your home, but the pests that get in temporarily when it is too cold for them outside.
There are many pests that overwinter in man-made structures. The ones we see the most are stink bugs, lady beetles, boxelder bugs, wasps and certain spiders. These are creatures that will get into your home, but find scarce food resources when they do. This scarcity of food will cause them to go into a low energy state so they can make it to spring without dying. If you've noticed that these bugs have disappeared, this is why. They actually haven't gone anywhere. They're still in your home. They're just sleeping.
When it starts to warm up outside, all of those bugs are eventually going to wake up. When they do, they can cause issues for everyone living in your home. Some of these bugs stain curtains, carpets, and other fabrics. Some sting and leave painful welts. Some bite and cause fever, chills, headaches, body aches, nausea, vomiting, or necrosis of the flesh. It is best to deal with all of these overwintering pests "before" they wake up.
At Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, we take an approach with pest bugs and wildlife that will address all of the zones on your property with appropriate protocols for each season. This ensures an environment that is extremely resistant to pest creatures.
Now is the time of year when our educated pest control service team is implementing measures to reduce overwintering pests so that when spring has sprung, our customers aren't dealing with frustrating and painful pest encounters. If that sounds like the sort of spring you'd like to have, we would be happy to help. You can schedule service and get your home set up for year-round protection from all of the many pest creatures that can spread illness in your home, damage your belongings, eat away at your equity, and cause painful or irritating wounds. Year-round pest control isn't just a quality of life upgrade, it is essential protection every family should have. Get yours today.