When the temperatures start to drop, humans and animals alike head indoors. Unfortunately, this could mean that some unwanted guests make your home their new basecamp. For New Englanders, getting rid of pest infestations as soon as possible is especially crucial, thanks to our especially cold winters. Here are a few common pests to watch out for in New England this winter.
Flies aren’t the most harmful of pests, but they can certainly be one of the most annoying! When the cool weather comes, flies head indoor where they can survive and thrive. Once they enter the home towards the end of autumn, they lay eggs indoors that will grow and hatch throughout winter.
Look out for signs of a fly infestation. Droppings, seen as small black particles, are often left on window sills. In areas where flies gather on the walls, there may be dark spots or soiling. Most noticeably, live adult flies will tend to head toward the kitchen area and near trash cans.
Another flying pest, moths may seem harmless, but they aren’t as innocent as they look. If allowed indoors, they will find dark places to set up nests. Closets and attics are favorite locations, especially since moths can make an easy meal of stored clothing. Aside from causing problems with your wardrobe, moth numbers can grow quickly if they have located a warm place to stay and plenty of food. You should always attend to any moth issues at the first sign of trouble. Otherwise, you could have an infestation on your hands in no time.
If you’ve ever had to deal with bed bugs, you know what a trial it can be since bed bug infestations are notoriously difficult to get rid of. Unfortunately, winter is a busy travel season – and hotels and airports are prime locations for bed bugs. These insects can stow away in your luggage and spread into your home when you arrive.
To prevent a travel-related bed bug issue, as soon as you arrive home from a holiday trip, wash and dry all of your clothing on high heat immediately. This will kill any bugs or eggs. If you do spot live bugs, consult with local professionals to control the infestation.
Some of the most common pests in New England, rodents are efficient when looking for a warm place to spend the cold winter. The warmth of your home will draw them, so preventing an infestation is key. If left to enter the home, they can bring with them diseases and germs and can cause damage to your home and property. Consulting with a rodent specialist before the cold weather hits will help you get your home mouse-proof in no time.
The brown recluse spider is one of the most venomous spiders in New England, and they’re no different from other pests when it comes to looking for a warm home for the winter. Like other spiders, the brown recluse makes its home in quiet areas of the home, away from lots of activity. Basements, garages, sheds, and attics are favorite hiding places, and they can often be found in very small spaces, like an old shoe. Take care when picking items up that are stored in these areas.
Getting a pest infestation is no easy feat, and it’s usually best to call in professionals. If you’d like to prepare your come for the coming winter and make sure it is pest-proof, contact Baystate Wildlife for expert assistance.