For many Texas residents, the thought of wintertime conjures up images of time spent indoors with family and friends. You might enjoy cozying up on the couch with your favorite book or gathering the family for regular movie nights to make the cooler, shorter days more enjoyable. While the cooler temperatures certainly provide the right conditions for spending time inside, the weather in Southeast Texas doesn’t get cold enough to kill off some of the most troublesome pests. In part one of this two-part series, we’ll review a couple of the most resilient wintertime pests in Texas and what you can do to reclaim your home if you are faced with a frustrating pest infestation.

If you have unwanted visitors in your Spring home during the winter months, the highly trained technicians at Pest Arrest are here to provide industry-leading pest control services to help you enjoy your time indoors. Call 281-825-5659 today to request a free inspection from your Top Rated Local® pest control company!

Cockroaches

As one of the most detested bugs in the world of pests, the cooler months of winter have no slowing impact on cockroaches. While you’re bringing in a bundle of firewood to build a cozy fire, you may unknowingly have a few hitchhikers. Once cockroaches gain access to your home, they quickly multiply, contaminating any accessible food and water.

Cockroaches can be very challenging to exterminate because of their ability to hide in the smallest of cracks and crevices. They frequently choose to ride out the winter months within the walls of Texas homes, and if you notice a strong musty smell or see live roaches, it is probably time to call a reputable pest control service. To help prevent infestations, it is very helpful to store food in tightly sealed containers, remove water sources, and seal off entry points in your home.

Mice and Rats

When the cooler months of winter arrive, some of the most prominent pest complaints we receive are related to mice and rat activity. Because they can collapse their bodies down to one-quarter to one-half inch, it is very easy for these rodents to enter your home seeking food and warmth. Not only do mice and rats carry diseases such as Hantavirus and leptospirosis, their incessant gnawing on wood and wires can create a fire hazard in your home.

Spotting a rat or mouse scurrying across a room is a sure sign of a potential infestation, as is finding mouse droppings near food sources and hearing odd scratching noises coming from between the walls. Eliminating food and water sources, securing possible entry points with steel wool, and contacting an experienced pest control company are your best defense tactics against wintertime rodent invasions.

Spring’s Leading Pest Control Service

Have you noticed signs of a cockroach, rat, or mouse infestation in your Spring home? If so, it is important to contact a reputable pest control service to remedy the problem before your home suffers further damage. Contact the professional pest control technicians at Pest Arrest today and reclaim your home from troublesome wintertime pests!