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How to Prevent Overwintering Pests from taking Over Your Home

It’s that time of year again – time for overwintering pests to make their annual assault on your home. To stave off their attack, you need the type of professional pest control that Action Pest Exterminating provides.

What is an overwintering pest?

As the name implies, an overwintering pest is one which seeks shelter during winter – the type of warm, cozy shelter the average American home provides. They arrive uninvited, lay mostly dormant during the cold season, but then reemerge come spring and begin causing problems.

The Most Common Overwintering Pests

  • Mice: Technically speaking, mice don’t “overwinter”. However, they don’t hibernate either, and they abhor cold weather, which is why they make tracks for warm human abodes over winter. Sanitation issues and gnawing through wood and electrical wiring are two big drawbacks to having mice in your house.
  • Asian lady beetles: Unlike most beetles, which are harmless, the Asian lady beetle can exacerbate asthma and allergies. Also, these pests like to excrete a yellow, smelly fluid that can leave stains.
  • Boxelder bugs: during winter, these bugs infest insulated nooks and crevices. When active, they’re a) known to bite and cause minor irritation, and b) discolor fabric with their fecal matter.
  • Stink bugs: sometime in the distant past, the stink bug decided to migrate to America from Asia. Since then, these overwintering pests have annoyed homeowners with their rotten smell and their large numbers, making it hard to destroy them completely.

How to Prevent Overwintering Pests

The best way to keep overwintering pests from entering your home and taking over is to enlist preventive pest control from a company like Action Pest Exterminating in Charlotte. The best time to tackle the “overwintering” problem is in the fall, when these pests are congregating around your home’s exterior, soaking up warmth and waiting for the right time to enter. Our quarterly service will ensure that come warm weather you have less chance of major pest infestations. Winterizing your home is an important part of ongoing pest management prevention.

Part of the solution for stopping overwinter pests in their tracks is to undertake a comprehensive visual inspection of your home and seal any cracks, crevices, holes – especially around plumbing lines, nooks, crannies, and every other opening that a pest might exploit – torn window screens, your chimney top, etc. The issue here is that the older your home, the more possibilities you may need to make these type repairs.

Contact a Pest Control Professional

As one of the most qualified pest control companies in the Charlotte and surrounding areas, we’ll conduct a thorough examination of your home, ascertain which overwintering pests and develop a management solution that includes our 5 Step Process. Regardless of the size or age of your home, or pest type we’ll recommend a solution that is right for your home or business.