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Pests You May See This Winter

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This year Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, saw his shadow on February 2nd declaring a longer winter despite the unusually warm weather. As we continue into the winter months, your home begins to be more attractive to critters. Here are some pests that could show up in your home this winter.

 

 

Termites 

Don’t let your guard down with these pests! While they are traditionally noted as warm weather insects, termites actually remain active throughout the year. These social bugs nest in colonies that can reach up to several million and cause over a billion dollars in property damage every year.

Bedbugs

A year round annoyance is another one to look out for in the colder months. When you travel and visit unknowingly infested areas, bedbugs can crawl onto clothing, luggage, and purses. Specialized treatments are required to rid the home of these hitchhiking pests.

Argentine Ants

These introduced pest ants, commonly found in southern states, have extremely large colonies and can overrun your home and property if left unchecked. It’s important to catch these ants before their numbers increase and become hard to manage.

Overwintering Pests

Overwintering pests, such as lady beetles and cluster flies, sneak into homes for protection during the winter months. Looking to sunbathe for warmth, finding these insects on the west side of homes can be a sign of infestation.

Stink bugs

An overwintering bug named for its famous form of odorous defense is another critter that seeks the comfort of homes as it gets colder. Stinkbugs enter the home through roof areas and cracks in a home’s exterior.

If your home may be vulnerable to winter pests, be sure to call your local Terminix Services, Inc. pest professional to take care of the problem safely and effectively. For more information on preventing pests from entering your home this winter, follow this link.