Summer is definitely prime time for pest season with flies and mosquitoes, wildlife, including rats and mice, actively roam around grassy lawns and open fields.  But, did you know these pests don’t go completely inactive in the winter. In fact, when it is cold and wet or snowy outside, pests are even more likely to seek the warmth and shelter of the indoors.  Following is a list of some common winter pests.  

Winged Carpenter Ants

Flying ants in the home are rarely a good sign, and this is particularly true if they are seen indoors during the winter. Finding a winged ant or two indoors during the summer does not mean there is a problem, but if winged ants in the home during the winter months, there is a good chance there could be a carpenter ant nest within the structure.

Mice & Rats

Two species of rodents are most common in the U.S.: the Norway rat and the roof rat. Along with the common house mouse, both rats are believed to have been brought to the U.S. aboard ships bound for the New World in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Bed Bugs

A pest that can appear in any season.  These pests can travel from one climate to the next and set up shop in your home or office.  It could take several treatments to get rid of Bed Bugs.  Call a professional if you think you might have them. A trained technician has the knowledge to help.

Fruit & Moth Fly

The fruit fly is one of the most common, and one of the smallest flies found in the home. It is often unknowingly brought into the home on fresh fruits and vegetables.  Moth flies are generally seen buzzing around drains.  Which gives it its common name of a drain fly. Though it causes no real damage, its high numbers can cause it to become a nuisance pest in or around the home.

Spiders

There are more than 35,000 known spider species in the world, with only about a tenth (3,500) of those appearing in the U.S. and often only one-tenth (350) of those in any single region. In general, spiders are beneficial creatures, preying and feeding on flies, crickets, mites, and other household and yard pests. Most are completely harmless to humans. But when they get into your home, they can definitely be a nuisance.

Calling a Professional

Sometimes it is just better to call on a professional. This is particularly true if the pest problem is ongoing, if the infestation has become large, or if the products needed for control are only authorized for use by certified professionals.