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Where do Pests go During the Cold Weather Months

 

Pests are very noticeable in the spring and summer months of the year but are much more calm during the colder months. As winter approaches most people assume pests die off and simply go away. However, that is not the case. Some pests survive the cold and are still in search of food in and shelter. At Pest Control Services we can keep your home pest free year round no matter if it's cold or warm. 

Where Do Cold Weather Pests Hide as it Gets Colder? 

During the cold weather, pests activity is significantly reduced. Some pests go into diapause, a state of dormancy influenced by environmental factors. The main reason why pests go into diapause is to avoid the harsh weather and conserve energy. The Survival of pests in diapause is propelled by their stored fat, which acts as an energy source. Besides that, some pests produce an antifreeze compound, which significantly lowers their body fluids' freezing points.

Migration is another survival mechanism that pests adapt during cold weather. The inability of pests to generate heat forces them to migrate to warmer areas; hence Indoor spaces make ideal hideouts for different pests. Warmth is not the only thing that can make pests crawl into your house but also the availability of food; limited food resources often accompany the cold season. Pests may gain entry into your house through cracks, gaps under the door, crevices, and dryer vents. Pests problem is unavoidable once these creatures infiltrate your home. The onset of a cold season severely impacts pests' behavior. Most pests stay out of sight, and it is easy to assume they are dead or gone.

Unfortunately, that is usually not the case. Pests tend to seek shelter in warm habitats, resulting in an influx of pests into your home. It is crucial to maintain pest management practices during the cold season. 

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When Should You Get a Pest Inspection?

Dealing with pests is just one of the many tasks of a homeowner, but everyone can benefit from a pest inspection. Any building, regardless of its use, can be the target of a pest infestation. Pest inspections are necessary for all buildings, but especially important for homes, as you and your family spend most of your time there. Here are a few quick tips from a professional pest control service to determine when to get a pest inspection.

What is a Pest Inspection?

Licensed professionals, like us, perform pest inspections to determine if there are any infestations present in a building. An inspection includes inspecting the foundations, windows, roofs and more in the home, to look for signs of infestation. Hiring a professional to do this job is vital since we are trained to find signs of different types of infestations, and we know how to remedy them. At the end of your pest inspection, you will typically receive a pest report with an update on what the inspector found and suggestions to fix the problem. 

When to Get a Pest Inspection

While regularly having a pest inspection performed is the best option, we realize it is impossible to have your home evaluated on a consistent schedule. For most people, getting a pest inspection done when you spot a potential issue is a smart idea. If you see any signs of a potential pest infestation, have a professional perform a pest inspection. 

Buying and Selling a House

One time where it’s crucial to have a pest inspection performed is when buying or selling a house. If you’re selling your home, future buyers will appreciate the ease of mind that you can provide when you have your house professionally inspected for pests. The state of Idaho does not legally require pest inspections before the selling of a house, but it is considered “discretionary”, so err on the side of caution and have one performed.

As a buyer, you will definitely appreciate a full pest inspection before you sign on the dotted line. It will assure you that you are not walking into a house with a pest infestation. 

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What Creepy Crawlies Are Lurking in Your Basement

The basement of your home can be an incredibly handy space. Unfortunately, bugs tend to feel the same way. The darkness is a perfect place for them to hide, and if the basement happens to be damp, then their situation is even better. Especially if you want to use your basement as a storage space, you need to know what might be attracted to this area of your home. Here are a few kinds of creepy crawlies that might love to live in your basement.

Spiders

These insects are perhaps the culprits you might traditionally expect. Spiders love dark, deep, and damp places. While some are harmless, you should keep a wary eye out for black widows and brown recluses. These two spiders have poisonous venom, so anyone bitten needs immediate medical attention. Watch for spiders with a black body with a red hourglass on the back or a brown body with the shape of a violin on the back.

Centipedes and Millipedes 

Centipedes and millipedes love a damp basement, but won’t live for long there. Neither will roly-polys, which you might also know as pillbugs or woodlice. These bugs won’t harm you, although centipedes have been known to bite.

Cockroaches

Perhaps the most disgusting and hated basement infiltrator is the common cockroach. These nasty creatures can enter your basement through any cracks or open spaces and will then happily spread to the rest of your home if possible. They live a long time, reproduce quickly, and spread any diseases they happen to be carrying, so they need to be professionally removed as soon as they are spotted.

Termites 

Chief among the burrowing bugs is the termite. Although their infestations are not limited to the basement, this is a typical place to spot them, since they will seize upon any opening to enter your home and begin eating through all the wooden beams, insulation and supporting joints within.

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Different Types of Spiders in Idaho

Idaho is home to a variety of different spiders. Some of these spiders are venomous, while others are harmless and just like to crawl in our homes and backyards. Here are some examples of the different types of spiders that live in Idaho.

Cat-face Spiders

These spiders are named for their oddly shaped bodies. They are commonly found in gardens and in shaded home areas like porches and eaves. They can grow to be about the size of a half-dollar and are not dangerous to humans.

Black Widow

The black widow spider is known for being venomous and for weaving cobwebs to intentionally entangle its prey. These spiders normally make their homes in garages, barns and woodpiles. They usually do not make their nests in areas that are busy with humans. Female black widows can grow up one and a half inches in length, in which the males are much smaller. A female black widow bite can cause cramping, difficulty breathing, partial paralysis, nausea, headache and fever in humans. If you get bitten by a black widow spider, you should go to the hospital right away.

Jumping Spider

These spiders are commonly found in gardens, walls and fences. They are named for their amazing ability to leap long distances and attack their unsuspecting prey. They don’t pose a threat to humans and they only grow to become about half an inch.

Hobo Spider

The hobo spider is an aggressive house spider that is commonly found in Idaho. They tend to make their webs at the ground level and hide in dark corners. They attack when their prey gets stuck in their webs. These spiders are venomous and can cause some health issues for humans. Their bites can cause major blisters and can even cause enough tissue damage to require a skin graft.

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Protecting a Large Stockpile of Food From Pests

When preparing for the future, you may accumulate a large stockpile of food. Extra nonperishable foods are great to have on hand in case you are unable to get out to the store or in the case of an emergency. This type of stockpile can take a while to create and it needs to stay protected. Unfortunately, it can also be an attractive location for pests that will think they struck the jackpot. Taking precautions now will help to ensure that your large stockpile of food is there in case you need it. Here’s how to get that done.

Pest-Proofing Your Stockpile Area

Protecting the room that houses your stockpile is your first line of defense:

  • Seal the Room.

First, examine the room where you plan on keeping your large stockpile of food. Look for cracks and holes where pests would be able to get in. A professional can examine these areas for you to make sure that you found all of them. They can also help seal the areas. Properly sealing the room is the most effective way to keep pests out.

  • Waterproof the Walls.

Sources of water need to be eliminated as well. Pests need a water source to survive. Inspect your pipes to make sure they are not leaking and plug your drains when you are not using them. Walls and pipes should be insulated to avoid condensation and humidity. If you are storing your stockpile underground, a coat of waterproof paint will help with this problem.

  • Set traps.

Even with your best efforts, pests may still find a way in. By setting up traps, you will be able to confirm the type of pest that is being problematic. You can then contact a professional to help you get rid of them.

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