As the holiday season approaches, local residents are preparing for the festivities and making their shopping lists. When planning for the holidays, it is important to think about pests. Ants, cockroaches, mice and even bed bugs can become more problematic around the holidays. Here is some important information for keeping them away.
What Attracts Holiday Pests?
As temperatures cool, pests look for warmer places to spend the night. Spiders, ants, cockroaches and other pests that commonly live outdoors will try to get into your home. They often hit the jackpot during the holiday season because of the extra food. Most people buy or make more treats to keep or give to guests. These food remnants give the pests a good reason to stay and multiply. If you leave windows open or have cracks under exterior doors, pests can also enter your home this way. Even mice can enter through small cracks. If you have visitors, keep in mind that bed bugs can travel and spread to them or from them via clothing and bags.
Where Do Pests Hide?
You can find cockroaches in bathrooms or kitchens. However, they will also go into bedrooms or rooms where there are crumbs. Ants also look for crumbs and open food containers. Mice will chew through food containers and destroy your flour, sugar and other holiday baking supplies. They are also known to chew through furniture and leave their droppings behind. If you have bed bugs, you will usually find them in the carpet, under your bed or on the furniture. Specks of reddish-brown dirt, a musky smell and shed exoskeletons are common signs of these hiding pests. Spiders hide just about anywhere in the home.
How To Eliminate Holiday Pests
One of the best ways to avoid pests is to have preventative treatments performed before the holidays. If you notice an infestation of ants, cockroaches, mice, bed bugs or any other pest, do not try to treat the problem yourself. DIY methods often include harmful chemical cocktails that put you, your children and pets in danger. Also, many of these methods are ineffective and only send pests to places that are harder to see or treat.
If you live in Charlotte County or Sarasota County and need preventative treatments or removal of an infestation, contact Venice Pest Control. Our professionals have plenty of experience in dealing with all types of pests that are common in the area and can help you. We are known for quick, effective and affordable pest solutions. Call us today for a free estimate.