What Makes Cold Weather Ideal for Pests?

We are in the middle of winter here in Sacramento, so pests might not be the first thing on your mind. After all, if you were to go outside, you will not spot too many bugs flying around or cobwebs on your patio. But the colder months can be one of the most devastating times of year when it comes to indoor pest infestations.

Here are the top reasons why pests can be so aggressive in the winter months and how to protect your home against them.

Winter Pest Problems in Sacramento

Bugs do not generally like the cold. Most insects do best in warm and humid environments. Fortunately for pest control, cooling temperature and snow cause many local pests to either die off or go into hibernation. Wasps, mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas often disappear in the fall and do not come back until spring.

But other pests become more aggressive during this time. The reasons for this include:

  • Your Home is Warm – When the weather gets cold, pests cannot survive outdoors, but your home provides consistent warmth, similar to what pests experience during the summer. This makes property interiors the best place to be for many bugs and rodents.
  • Food is Scarce – It can be difficult in the winter for bugs to find foliage and other insects to eat, but your kitchen is likely well stocked with food residue and pantry items that can sustain pests once they get inside.
  • More Contact with Pests – Many pests can spread bacteria or cause allergy problems. While you may not notice these issues in the summer when you are spending lots of time outdoors or have windows open for ventilation, it can be a significant problem in the winter as you spend more time inside with bugs.

Ants, roaches, spiders, mice, and rats are a few of the most common winter pests in Sacramento. While experiencing an infestation of them at any time of the year is unpleasant, you will want to be especially careful in the wintertime when these pests can be more aggressive and the results of an infestation more severe. At the first sign of these pests in your home, call ADAPT Pest Management for effective winter pest control.

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