6 Pests That May Move Into Your Home in Winter

When temperatures start to drop, you only want to be inside a warm and cozy home. But you’re not the only one looking for a warm place. Several types of pests will want to avoid the cold by hiding in your house. Here are some of those pests.

1. Ladybugs

The ladybug is also called the Asian ladybeetle and is a typical winter bug across the country. Ladybugs have an orange-red appearance with scattered black spots throughout their bodies. In winter, the pests will become inactive in a protective place, many times that is inside a house. The pests will produce a bad-smelling chemical and an orange to yellow fluid that can cause stains on fabrics, floors, and walls. They can become active if the area they choose gets abnormally warm due to weather or conditions in the hidden areas.

2. Spiders

Thousands of spider species exist around the world, with some of them living in the United States. Spiders are not necessarily bad pests, as they can eliminate mites, crickets, and flies. Also, most spiders don’t harm humans in any way. But the mere presence of spiders in your home can cause irritation and fear.

Spiders move in in the Autumn when the weather is changing and remain active inside all winter. They normally prefer to live in isolated areas like basements, crawl spaces, attics, and closets but they often leave these areas hunting prey. Note that some types of spiders can bite people and inject venom, so be careful handling any spiders you find in the home.

3. German Cockroaches

German cockroaches are the most widespread cockroach species in the world. The cockroach, a commensal insect (lives with and depends on man) will like to stay in an area near moisture and food, so your home is really a perfect environment. German cockroaches usually enter homes via secondhand appliances, boxes, and grocery bags. Once inside the home. German cockroaches will usually live in the bathrooms and kitchens because while many things are food to cockroaches, water is water and they choose to live near a water source..

German cockroaches carry pathogens and bacteria that can contaminate food and cause diseases. The cockroaches can also cause allergies and exacerbate asthma symptoms.

4. Cluster Flies

Cluster flies resemble house flies but are usually slightly larger. Unlike house flies, cluster flies are slow and don’t lay eggs on human food. The flies prefer to live outdoors in the summer but move indoors when temperatures fall, they are similar in their behavior to the ladybugs mentioned previously Usually, cluster flies will live in the attic and/or wall voids. Luckily, they won’t reproduce while they are living in your home.

5. Stink Bugs

Stink bugs will generate an unpleasant smell when you crush them. In the summer, stink bugs will feed on plants in your garden. Once the temperatures start to fall, the bugs will overwinter in a protective place which can be your home, much like Cluster Flies and ladybugs. Before moving into your home, stink bugs will fast congregate on your walls and then move into the house in mass.

6. House Mice/Rats

Both species of rodents can chew wires and building materials. Rodents have also been known to spread diseases by contaminating food sources. In the winter, the mice and rats will look for spaces with food sources, fresh water, and warmth. The rodents will get into your home via small gaps. They may take up residence inside your home or just choose to come and go from the house as they forage.

Get Rid of Pests

As the days become colder, you want to spend most of your time in a warm and comfortable home. But that may not happen if you share the house with pests. If pests invade your home, you must get rid of them immediately.

A-Alert Exterminating Service, Inc., specializes in pest control and can help you eliminate all pests and prevent their infestation altogether. Contact us to get started.

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