All over the country are reports for record mild temperatures this winter. It seems that winter has not even arrived in some places. Cities that are usually packed in with snow are seeing warm days, sunshine, and rain instead of winter storms. So what does this mean in the pest world? Many pests who usually spend their winter hibernating, or at least taking shelter, have remained out and about, causing problems for many homeowners. The USA Today says that many pests, such as mosquitoes and ticks, will be coming out much earlier than normal this year. The St. Louis pest control experts at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions have a few tips on what you can do to help prevent infestations and the nuisance of pests during this warm winter.
The most effective means of keeping pests out of your home are to continue with your routine home pest control services. By having regular inspections from the pest professionals, you will likely not see any of these early rising pests this year. But to help prevent any pest sightings, there are a few things you can do on your own.
Keep your property clear of any sticks, branches, or other pieces of rotting wood as these things could attract termites and other wood destroying insects.
Cut back any low hanging branches or shrubs that are close to your home. Such things could be housing the pests that are usually fast asleep during the winter.
Stack firewood up off of the ground and away from your house as this is another source of pest problems.
Inspect the exterior of your home to be sure that there are no exposed cracks, holes or other small openings that critters could use an entrance. It is through these small openings that most pest problems occur. Whether it’s your windows, doors, or vents that are lose, small insects and even rodents will surely try to find their way inside.
Keep your home, including storage rooms such as the attic and basement, clean and clutter free. You want to eliminate any hiding places that pests, and even wildlife could reside. As you are storing things away, make sure that they are secured in totes with tight fitting lids to keep out any rodents.
Make sure that your kitchen stays clean and sanitized. Ants in St. Louis and Mid-Missouri are a big problem right now in many homes as the weather has stayed relatively warm. Typically, ants do not become a problem until the spring, but since they have not all decided to remain dormant, any spills or food debris could be luring them from already established satellite colonies.
By following these tips for a pest free home, you can keep deter the early arrival of spring pests such as termites, ants, and other critters. It is likely that pests will continue to pop up much earlier than usual, as Rottler's very own Jay Everitt explains to Fox 2. Homeowners must be prepared to battle the mosquitoes, ticks, and other pests who are quite possibly going to make their presence known sooner than later.
If you are living in St. Louis and other areas of Mid-Missouri contact Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions today so that you can be prepared to battle the spring pests that are arriving early!