Is Pest Control Necessary in the Winter?

Many people believe that winter is a safe season against pests due to the extreme cold. Should you still opt for pest control during the winter months?

The short answer is: yes, it is necessary to get some pest control done in the winter.

Let’s put it this way: you might be on holiday, but it’ll still be business as usual for some pests. In fact, they’ve probably already invited themselves into your home (and are lurking somewhere having a party!)

See, a lot of homeowners would think that that pest control might be completely unnecessary during the wintertime. But keep in mind that there’s a reason why pests are drawn to your home in cold weather– your home is a perfectly comfortable place to stay until Spring arrives.

Pests look to your home as a source of food, warmth, and shelter. So don’t be surprised if you hear something scuttling around in the attic or just behind the walls.

What Kind of Pests Might I Find at Home During The Winter?

Traditionally, spiders and rodents (i.e. rats and mice) are the two biggest problem pests during the cold-weather months. 

So pest control experts tend to look for clusters of cobwebs, then remove them and treat the infected area as well as other places they’ll likely try infesting again.

Similarly, they’ll also look for signs of rodent activity, particularly in the basement, the attic, and other possible crawl spaces (as they know how to avoid high-traffic areas where they can run into people or pets).

Probably not as common as spiders, rats, and mice are other pests such as:

  • Cluster flies
  • Boxelder bugs
  • Carpenter ants
  • Termites
  • Wasps
  • Roaches
  • Fleas
  • Bed bugs
  • Other rodents

Brown House Spider, Web Weaving, Predator

Why Should I Have Pest Control Done in the Winter?

True, peak season for pest control services is around summertime (when all manners of bugs and critters reproduce like crazy). 

But during the winter months, pest control specialists can take their time and focus inside your home. Cold weather won’t affect pests already living within your walls, and experts know what to look for when it comes to insects hiding at home.

Furthermore, craftier critters like rats and mice do sneak into your home through the most unlikely points of entry such as a loose panel in your roof or a baseboard they can squeeze their way through.

As early as now, before springtime arrives, allow your friendly neighborhood spider-busters to check for possible cracks, holes, and gaps where pests can come through and patch them up now rather than later.

Lastly, pesticides and pest treatments don’t break down as quickly in the wintertime as they do during warmer months. This means any preparations and applications that your pest control experts have done to reduce pest activity drastically can last longer and be more effective during this time.

A Final Word About Pest Control in The Wintertime

Remember, your pest populations might be sluggish and inactive during the cold weather months, but you know for sure that they’ll all be coming out to play once the warmer months start rolling in.

Consider pest control treatments during the winter as preventive measures against sudden infestations of your more common pests in California. This way, you don’t get caught unaware with a sudden influx of bugs and critters right at home.

For expert pest control services in Placer County, Sacramento County, and the surrounding communities, give our team over at Rocklin Pest Control Services, Inc. a call at (916) 250-0008. Know more about our season specials and book an appointment with us today!