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Winter Pests to Look Out For

Florida winters are a special time of year. While the temperatures don’t drop to stark freezing temperatures, it can still get pretty chilly compared to the average mild temperatures. When the cooler weather rolls in, these pests turn indoors for warmth.

No matter what time of year it is, it’s essential to keep your eyes peeled for pests in your home. These crawlers are notorious for invading homes during colder weather. Ensure you’re aware of what pests to watch for this winter season in the event they make an unannounced visit.

Ants

Ants are quite the stubborn pest. They’re a common issue in Florida no matter the temperature outdoors, but they definitely like to stick around during the colder months as well. The winter season often brings holiday meals, baking, and in turn, food being left out. This can attract ants who are searching for warmth and food. Although they prefer to grab a bite to eat, these critters can be found anywhere in the home.

Cockroaches

The last thing you want to see on Christmas day is a cockroach crawling across your plate. Due to the warmer environment, southern states like Florida are troubled with the common cockroach. Similar to ants, cockroaches are drawn to both warmth and food. It’s crucial to be adamant about putting food away after a meal and storing food in airtight containers. Cockroaches can be an invasive pest; they often multiply in the homes they invade.

While you may think a store-bought treatment will do just fine as a quick fix before a gathering, they’re not as effective as professional treatment. It can be challenging to rid your home of cockroaches once your home has them, so give Green Wing Lawn and Pest Services a call at the first suspicion of a cockroach invasion.

Rodents

Rodents such as rats and mice are notorious for heading indoors when the temperatures begin to drop. Rodents are tricky to deal with; they’re hard to remove without professional assistance, and they can spread diseases with their droppings. While curling up next to the fireplace, the last thing you want to worry about is a rat or mice infestation! If you notice droppings, gnaw marks, or scurrying noises, give our team a call for expert assistance. Rodents are pretty smart and can learn to avoid traps. We offer effective rodent control methods, so you won’t have to worry about recurring rat or mice infestations.

Ticks

Ticks aren’t commonly regarded as winter pests, but they can make their way inside your home by hitching a ride on your pets or bringing plants indoors. Many homeowners like to purchase a real Christmas tree to celebrate the holiday season. While the natural smell of pine is refreshing, a natural tree can bring in outside pests, such as ticks.

Pro tip: Leave your Christmas tree in the garage for 2-3 days before bringing it indoors to avoid a tick infestation.

Silverfish

While silverfish aren’t dangerous, they are cold-blooded, so they tend to gravitate towards warm and damp locations during the chillier season. These pests are drawn to moisture, so keep an eye out for them underneath sinks and in bathrooms. They’re quite quick, so you’ll probably spot them blitzing across the sink or shower.

Pest Control Specialists in Merritt Island

Keep your humble abode comfortable and pest-free this winter season! Green Wing Lawn and Pest Services provides effective and lasting pest control solutions to restore your peace of mind and comfort in your home. We have years of experience and knowledge; no job is too big or small for our seasoned team. Call us today at (321) 449-8555 or complete our contact form to schedule your next service.