During the summer, the weather is nice enough for most pests to stay outside. In September, as the weather starts to cool down and change, they look for shelter from the cold just as we do, prompting rodents, spiders, and ants to become unexpected guests throughout fall and winter.
Rodents Invade 21 Million Homes in the Winter
According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), rodents invade about 21 million homes each winter. In fact, 24 percent of homeowners report mice and rat infestations during the winter months. Rodents aren’t just unpleasant tenants — they also spread disease and cause structural damage.
Ant Activity Decreases Because They Sleep in Your Home
Ants are cold-blooded, so they typically hibernate during the cold weather. However, they need a place that is warm and safe, so they can spend winter in a comfortable spot.
Most Spiders Stay Outside—Except One
The one type of spider that happens to come inside during the winter also happens to be the most dangerous one. We are talking about the Brown Recluse. If you get bitten by a Brown Recluse seek immediate medical attention. The video below does note that there have been no known documented cases of deaths in the United States from a Brown Recluse spider bite and that they are for the most part, quite reclusive by nature.
The Brown Recluse Spider is a shy intruder that likes to stay in the dark and hang among clutter. Even the most organized can come across a Brown Recluse. They can be found in stored items such as shoes, clothing, bedding, and decorations. These items are typically stored in wood, cardboard, or plastic containers. Be extra cautious as you open up those old packed away cartons in the attic.
At Wildwoods Pest Control, we employ an approach to pest control called “Integrated Pest Management,” we believe that each home should be treated differently because each home is unique. Wildwoods has served Portland area communities such as Sandy for several years and can create timely and effective extermination solutions for your pest control issue.