Here’s a look at five pests and how they’ve evolved to withstand whatever Mother Nature may throw at them this winter.
Mosquitoes: While adult mosquitoes will not survive, the eggs will. Larvae enter a state of diapause, suspending their development during the winter and ensuring their buzzing and biting come spring.
Ticks: Ticks burrow deep under leaf litter which acts as an insulator once snow falls, protecting them from the elements until spring arrives.
Ants: Ants are able to physically lower their body temperature, and work to seal up their colonies to hunker down in deep soil or under rocks until spring.
Termites: These wood-destroying insects move deep into the soil below the frost line to stay warm.
Rodents: Mice and rats can fit through openings the size of a dime and quarter respectively. They look for these small openings around the home to find shelter from the elements and access to food.
We recommend these essential winter pest-proofing tips:
- Trim back trees to prevent access to the underside of your roof overhang.
- Declutter the basement, attic and any utility rooms to remove harborage sites for rodents.
- Examine the fascia board along the roofline, replacing any areas of rotted wood.
- Repair loose mortar and replace worn weatherstripping around all windows and doors.
- Store food in sealed containers and keep crumbs off the floor.
- Seal any and all cracks or gaps on the home exterior with a silicone-based caulk, plug holes under cabinets to utility lines with steel wool.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home, not only off the ground but also covered. Brush wood off before bringing it indoors.
- Avoid ice dams, which can lead to moisture problems in the home by clearing potentially problematic accumulations of snow. Pests love moisture.
- Hire a professional to clean, inspect the flue and install a cap over the chimney.
- Call a Terminix Service to inspect and help shore up the home against pests.