Pest Control in Winter?

It’s winter. A time when nature seems to take a rest. But things are not always as they seem. In the world of pest control there is still a lot of work to do, especially when you consider the mild nature of winter in places like Arizona, California, Texas, Florida and others. Pests such as Black Widows and other spiders, ants, cockroaches, termites, bed bugs, fleas, rats, mice and the like, may slow down a bit, but they don’t go away. In fact, in the warm, comfortable environs of our homes, they continue feeding, growing and multiplying. Even outdoors some insect pests, such as Argentine Ants and some rodents, like gophers and rats, continue their activities. While it may be tempting to cut your pest control service during this season, as a cost-saving measure, winter is no time to take a break from pest control. If we do, we give them a head start for the next year. Conversely, winter is an excellent time to gain the upper hand over many of the pests that plague us.

Regular treatment of building foundations remains important during this season, to keep warmth-seeking, crawling pests from gaining access. If you’ve ever had a mid-winter ant invasion in your home, you know what we’re talking about. Argentine and other ants can and do invade buildings in winter and when they do they tend to take up residence inside wall voids, making control slower and more difficult. It’s much better to keep them out in the first place. Termites also remain active during this time, continuing to move about, feeding on any wood they find, including our homes. Efforts to keep them in check should continue the year around.

Each winter some customers express concern regarding treatments during wet weather. During this time of the year most treatments are performed in the areas around the foundations of buildings. Around buildings with eaves and overhangs these areas tend to be sheltered, don’t usually receive large amounts of moisture and are usually ok for treatment during light rain. However, should there be no eaves or overhangs or heavier rain becomes a concern, the treatment can be rescheduled for a different day. Once pest control materials have been applied and have had a chance to dry in place, subsequent precipitation will not usually affect the treatment.