Surprising Downside to a Warm Winter

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In our region for these past few days, we have had some real nice weather.  While we have been rejoicing in its warmth, so have pests.  Read on to learn more about what warm weather does for pests, and how you can defend against them.

In a normal, Mid-Atlantic winter, the temperatures get cold enough to kill off pests or force them into hiding until warmer weather returns.  However, this warm weather has tricked some of the pests into thinking that it is spring, and they have started to come out in full force—specifically mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks.  Now, the catch with all of this is that when the weather starts to creep towards those freezing temperatures once more, these critters will be looking for somewhere warm to stay.  Out of all of the places available for them to hide, your home will most certainly be on their list.

This is where having a good defense is the best offense.  By doing simple things, like making sure that there are no cracks or gaps in your siding, doors, and screens, you can keep these pests out no matter how hard they try.  In addition, by keeping a tidy kitchen, limiting the amount of time that food spends out in the open, and reducing clutter piles around the home, you can increase your chances of avoiding a pest infestation this warm winter.

It is worth noting that this strategy will also pay off later, too, as it will help to deter all the other warm weather pests that come out in the spring months.  One other thing to take into consideration is that this warm weather gives a reproductive advantage to many pests, as they can start much earlier in the year, contributing to a more pest-filled summer.  However, so long as your home is prepared, pests should be the least of your worries.

Now, there are times that no matter what you do, a creepy crawler and his friends may best your defenses and find a way in.  For those times, know that we here at Tri-County Pest Control are here to help.  One call to us is all you need to keep the pests out for good, no matter the weather.

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