Winter Pests

Insects and other pests are probably the last thing on your mind as we get deeper into winter. While it’s nice not to have any current pest problems, like yellow jackets buzzing around, it is still a good idea to learn about local pests and what you can do to avoid welcoming them into your home.

In our last post, we mentioned that it’s best to store your firewood away from your home and fix any leaks and cracks in your home. All 3 of these precautions can protect your home from termites. Termites are very resilient and they don’t take time off in the winter to slow down.

We’ve also talked a lot about overwintering pests, but now it’s time to get down into specific! Overwintering pests, unlike termites, will take some time off in the winter and hibernate. This is especially concerning because you might think your home is safe, but come spring, the overwintering pests’ eggs will hatch, causing spring cleaning to take a whole new meaning! Overwintering pests that you might want to be concerned about in our area include:

  • Stinkbugs
  • Yellow jacket – attracted to food odors
  • Rodents
  • Earwigs
  • Spiders
  • Beetles
  • Moths

If you are wondering what you can do to prevent these pests from entering your home, check out our recent post on How to Bug-Proof Your Home For the Winter!