Winter Insects and Pests
Winter is the time of year when you expect to not deal with insect pests. Big surprise, they are still here and Bryan, Texas makes a good home in winter for tiny pests.
Insects You are Likely to Encounter in December
The Cockroach – One of the most common insect encounters in December involve the cockroach. Yuck! But they are everywhere, and winter means they are headed indoors. They are hungry, cold, and willing to risk living with you for warmth and food. Plus, homes and many businesses have a lot of food that cockroaches love. Their food source tends to be dead and decaying things and while you might be thinking that there is nothing like that around your home, you’d be surprised. Some cockroach species eat wood, so wet and molding carboard can be an excellent meal for them. The recycling bin and garbage cans too are prime targets. Even glue and things of that nature make good food for cockroach.
The Flea – By December, flea populations have dropped but you might still have flea issues in y our home. The inside temperature of your home is still summer-like and a perfect habitat for fleas. If you have pets, a topical treatment can help control fleas both on your pet and in your home. Many insects have specialized antenna that help them to find resources that they need. Fleas are no exception and their antenna will pick up the heat from an animal, including humans. with pets or wildlife, that layer of fur creates a beautiful warm place to spend the winter. So, sadly, fleas are year-round pests in warmer areas such as Bryan and College Station.
Bed Bugs – Winter is a prime time for new bed bug infestations because people travel around and visit each other. We are the primary way by which bed bugs spread from one location to the next. All that family that just left might have left behind a little visitor. If you travel during the summer months and brought bed bugs home, then by now you are really feeling that pinch. It is not uncommon to confuse a mosquito bite with the bite of a bed bug, especially with kids. They are also a little harder to find because they are both small and nocturnal.
Termites – Not active outdoors but they disperse in the springtime and by now you might be noticing frass – small pellets of wood which are termite scat. A spring infestation would have grown by now to a size where you might notice their presence. The damage they have done is not yet significant, but a huge colony of termites can eat in a day enough wood to make up one foot of a 2×4 stud. That’s a lot of house in a little amount of time.
So, while it is winter, many insect pests are still active and bugging people. The good news is that we provide year-round pest control services throughout Bryan and College Station. We offer comprehensive and affordable services that are safe, effective and thorough.