Winter Pests and How to Prepare

It’s that time of year!

Winter is coming and temperatures are dropping quickly and as it continues to get colder outside, we crank up the heat inside. Sometimes, this can attract unwanted pests to our homes as they search for warm shelter and food. While you should always be on the lookout for unwanted pests, there are certain winter pests you should keep an eye out for.

The Usual Suspects

  • Mice/Rats
  • Cockroaches
  • Termites

Preventing Winter Pests

These pests are sneaky and can invade your home through the smallest of cracks and hide inside your walls. If you don’t pay close attention to what’s going on inside and around your home, you could fall victim to an infestation. It can be easy to overlook what is going on inside our homes and not realize there is pest issue. Here are some tips for keeping these pest out of your home during the winter time:

  • Seal all cracks and crevices, no matter how small. Mice can enter your home through a quarter sized hole.
  • Secure your doors and chimneys. Often time’s roaches can enter your home through a broken screen door.
  • Have a professional do a detailed inspection of your home. You can’t always see what’s causing pest related issues yourself. Click here to schedule a free pest inspection, with Buckaroo Pest Protection!

Rodents like this one are prominent winter pests in the DFW area

Rodents in DFW

Did you know the Dallas/Ft. Worth area ranks 12th on a list of rodent pressure rankings right behind Minneapolis as one of the most “rattiest” cities? It is important we consider this while preparing for the wintertime so we can take appropriate action. The best first step to take is start with a professional inspection of your home. After you have identified any problem areas, you can start to resolve those issues. Call Buckaroo Pest Protection 972-362-4026 for more information or to get on our schedule for a free inspection.

 

Roach 101

Calling all Roaches…

Would you be able to tell what type of roach just went crawling by?  There are actually 4600 different species that roam around human habitats.  Don’t worry…only 5 species are more common to the general public.  You may recognize the names as American, German, Brown-banded, Oriental and Smoky brown.

 

Where did they all come from?

Cockroaches date back to historic times and are one of the hardiest insects.  Think twice if you want to move to an area where cockroaches do not exist.  They can survive in a wide range of environments – from the tropics to the Arctic.  Even though they can live in the Artic, they prefer warmer conditions.

Many species live in log piles, leaf litter, and dark refuges making the kitchen and bathroom cabinetry with the drains and pipes the perfect hiding spot giving them access to food and water.  However, a cockroach can live for more than 2 weeks without water and over a month without food.  Cockroaches can populate quickly with the female producing from 300-400 offspring in a lifetime with an average lifespan of 1 year.

Cockroach Diet 101

What do cockroaches live off of?  American cockroaches will eat plants and other insects.  Other types of cockroaches feed on almost anything; soap, glue, toothpaste, sugary starchy foods, wallpaper paste and book bindings.  As they crawl through dirty areas they are tracking the bacteria and germs into our homes.  They contaminate food by shedding their skins which can cause allergic reactions especially in children.  Roaches are known to carry over 33 kinds of bacteria including E.coli and Salmonella.

Prevention is the Key!

How do I prevent or control roaches?  Control methods range from baking soda (has not been found to be effective) to garden herbs including catnip, mint, and garlic.  The most effective practice is to keep good sanitation.

  1. Clean, clean, clean – especially kitchen and bathrooms.
  2. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink.
  3. Seal bags of opened cereal, crackers, etc. in the pantry
  4. Take out the trash frequently – keeping it as sealed as possible
  5. Seal entrances around utility pipes and ventilate crawl spaces to prevent moisture buildup.

Self-help applications can appear to be helpful, however, if an infestation is evident – a licensed pest control professional may need to be called in for a thorough inspection and chemical treatment.   Call Buckaroo Pest Protection for more information or to get on our schedule for a free inspection.