Winters call for lesser outings and more indoor time. And this goes for everyone. Even for pests and rodents. As the temperature drops and the outdoors start getting filled with snow, some rodents and insects undergo hibernation and into energy- conservation mode. The ones who don’t dormant, those bugs, pests, and vermins often resort to our homes for feeding, surviving, and stocking their food. While what seems like feeding and carrying out basic survival activities for them can prove to be highly disastrous and harmful for humans. Here is a list of bugs you must look out for and call one of the pest control companies in your area on spotting them.
Cockroach infestations are pretty common in Ohio residential, business, and commercial areas. There are 4 species of cockroaches widely seen during winters- oriental, American, brown-banded, and german cockroach. Out of the 4, the oriental and American can survive through harsh winters and are larger than the remaining two. Apart from attacking your sweet and fatty food sources, these cockroaches also feed on glue, soap, and toothpaste and you can find them lingering among your toiletries. These are passive carriers of several pathogenic microorganisms and deadly diseases. Another interesting fact is that these can live without food for up to one month. So, their invisibility doesn’t mean their absence.
The rodent family including rats and mice are most commonly spotted in Greensboro winters. Mus musculus or the common house mouse is the most prevalent rodent seen across households. Although these tiny creatures often build furrows for themselves to keep themselves warm, intact, and keep themselves safe from predators like hawks, they enter households in search of food and shelter. Rats are comparatively bigger in size than mice. Both of these rodents have high breeding rates, carry a variety of diseases, and can ruin anything while chewing through them. Watch out for droppings, squeaking, or any other sign of scratching.
Brown recluse spiders
Recluse spiders are notorious for their venomous bites. The brown recluse spider (Loxosceles reclusa) carries a necrotic venom whose bite requires medical attention right away. These spiders habitually take shelter in dark places and the cold winters often compel them to move into human residencies. Hence, these can be spotted in the nooks and crannies of your house such as the attic, back of a drawer, window moldings, etc. Although they aren’t aggressive in nature, the bite usually occurs when their natural habitat is disturbed as they feel threatened. The bite isn’t fatal but it can lead to serious infection.
In one of our previous blog posts, we did mention some lesser-known facts about bed bugs. In case your house has been infested with bed bugs once, chances are it’s still there. These small, oval, wingless insects with a flat, reddish-brown body tend to release a small amount of anesthetic on biting. This is one of the reasons while you won’t feel it right away. Although these aren’t fatal, the swelling and scratching provide scope for infection down the line.
With the summer still months away, ensure that your house remains pest-free and devoid of any deadly disease symptoms. COVID was hard enough. Let’s not look for another reason for a hospital visit. In case you suspect the presence of either of the aforementioned pests, call (937)-322-2245 right away to avail of our professional pest control services.