Once the first hard freeze hits Austin, you may think that your pest problems are over for a few months, but do you know where the insects actually go? Some insects migrate to warmer climates, while others are designed to tolerate the colder temperatures by overwintering, which is a type of hibernation process. When bugs hibernate in the soil or under leaves, rocks and logs, they do not affect humans at all. However, many insects are likely to seek shelter in your home rather than under a log during the winter months and that’s why you need year-round Austin pest control tips.
Insects That Thrive Indoors
Finding flies or ants in your home during the summer months is a common occurrence, especially if you leave doors and windows open, but spotting just one of these pests in the winter could be a sign of an infestation. Adult insects usually lie dormant in winter, but inside your warm home, they can thrive and remain active. Common insects that take refuge in Austin homes include termites, cockroaches, earwigs, carpenter ants, stink bugs and cluster flies. If you see just a few of these pests in your kitchen on a cold winter night, chances are the spaces inside your walls are teeming with them.
Preventive Pest Control Measures
If you’ve left a single entry point of your home unsealed, any number of insects can enter and take refuge in your attic and walls. It is imperative to make sure that all of your windows are sealed and that door sweeps are in good repair. You should also check for cracks and crevices in your home’s exterior surfaces, including the eaves, siding and foundation, before the temperatures drop and pests start looking for a warm place to hole up for the winter.
Austin Pest Control
While the occasional winter bug may not seem like a big deal, you can’t afford to wait until spring to take care of your pest problem. To prevent hundreds of insects from crawling out of the woodwork all at once when the temperatures begin to rise, you need pest control services at regular intervals, even in winter. We can eliminate and prevent bug infestations at any time of year, so contact us at ABC Home & Commercial Services today for quality Austin lawn care and pest control.