This Winter, Don’t Let Pests Make Your Home Their Own
New England winters are known for being cold and unforgiving. Just as you and your family are spending more time indoors as you seek shelter from the cold winter weather, pests will be looking for sanctuary, too. Anchor Pest Services has been a top pest control company in New Hampshire for years and, in that time, we’ve gained experience with a variety of wintertime pests that we hope we can help you avoid. Continue reading below to learn more, and get in touch with us if you need fast and affordable pest control!
Common Winter Pests
Mice and other rodents, spiders, moths, and bed bugs are all some of the most common pests we treat each winter. Some of these pests can be relatively harmless and are primarily a nuisance; others, such as mice, can bring disease into your home and cause serious structural damage.
At Anchor Pest Services, we know that having a pest of any kind in your home is unsettling and can make it difficult to enjoy a space that should be a place of comfort and peace. If you notice any signs of the pests below or see one of them inside your home, contact Anchor Pest Services immediately for a free inspection. We’ll propose a comprehensive treatment plan based on your specific needs and help you solve the problem as soon as possible.
Mice and Rodents
Winter is the most common time for homeowners to seek pest control for mice and other rodents. When temperatures drop and the weather gets cold, rodents seek shelter wherever they can find warmth. Mice can fit through a hole approximately the size of a dime; rats can fit through holes that are approximately the size of a quarter. This makes it difficult to keep them out, and even more difficult to determine where they might have come in.
Mice and other rodents are nocturnal and generally wary of humans and pets, which means that you’ll likely notice signs of their presence before you actually see them. Keep an eye out for the following signs of a rodent infestation:
Rodent droppings in pantries, under sinks, and around food storage areas
Shredded paper and other nesting materials
Gnaw marks on packaged food
Holes in your walls and floors
Urine odor and other odd smells
Unusual pet behavior
Rodents carry numerous diseases that can put you and your family at risk, and they’re also known for exacerbating asthma and other respiratory symptoms in susceptible individuals. They can also cause significant damage to your home’s plumbing, soft concrete, electrical wiring, and destroy your insulation. If you suspect that you have rodents in your home, it’s important to call a professional right away.
Spiders are an essential part of our local ecosystems and help to control local insect populations, but they can also become unwanted house guests during winter and throughout the year. Although many are harmless, some species can both cause serious injuries to both humans and pets. They can also lay hundreds of eggs at a time, which means that an infestation can quickly spiral out of control and affect much more of your home than just the basement or crawlspace.
You’ve put your warm-weather clothing into storage until spring and summer, and the last thing you want is to discover that moths have filled your favorite garments with unsightly holes. The New England area is home to a wide range of moths, but the webbing clothes moth is the most common. Female webbing clothes moths can lay up to 50 eggs at a time and, unfortunately, larvae feed on expensive clothing fibers such as leather, silk, wool, cotton, feathers, fur, and more.
Look for the following signs of clothes moths to keep your clothing protected:
Visible holes in garments
Tunnels and trench-like marks on clothing, blankets, and rugs
Adult moths on or around clothing
Bed bugs do not pose any immediate health risks, but that doesn’t make them welcome wintertime guests. Their small size makes them difficult to spot with the naked eye and even more difficult to eliminate without the help of a professional pest control company. They can spread quickly throughout a home and affect beds, furniture, carpet, and other personal belongings.
Signs that you have bed bugs in your home include:
Red, irritated, and itchy welts on your arms, shoulders, and/or neck
Musty odor in bedrooms
Reddish-brown ovals near the base of the bed (molted skin)
Small white spots (eggs) in the creases and corners of bedding and furniture
How to Keep Pests Out During Winter
Seal Your Home
As you can probably infer from the discussion of common winter pests above, many of these pests gain entry through small openings and other hard-to-spot entry points. You can protect your property by sealing cracks and holes along the outside of your home, including inside of window wells. Then, turn your attention toward your doors and windows to make sure that no cracks or gaps are allowing pests to come through. (This can also help you keep your home more comfortable when you turn the heater on!)
Make sure that your backyard and other areas around your home are free of clutter and other areas that could provide pests with safe harbor. Firewood should always be stored at least 20 feet from your home, and if you have an outdoor storage shed, make sure that you store items off of the floor whenever possible.
Dispose of Trash Properly
Improper trash storage and disposal is almost guaranteed to attract pests to your home. It’s easy to put off taking your trash out when the weather outside is frightful, but regularly changing your trash bags and reducing odors will minimize the risk of unexpected guests making their way inside. You should also make sure that you’ve thoroughly rinsed recyclables before putting them out on the curb, and don’t forget to check to make sure that both your trash can and recycling bin have tight-fitting lids. Take time to clean around your trash storage areas each month to prevent spills and scraps from providing pests with an easy-to-access food source.
Be Cautious With Secondhand Goods
Although many retailers now actively take precautions in order to protect customers, used furniture and other secondhand goods are often how pests such as moths, spiders, and bed bugs make their way into homes. If you choose to purchase a piece of secondhand furniture, thoroughly inspect it and vacuum it before bringing it inside your home. We recommend that you never pick anything up off of the curb, but if you do, be sure to vacuum the piece and wash anything that can safely be put into a washing machine before using it. You should also keep in mind that in many cases, paying for professional pest control will often make a piece of secondhand furniture just as costly as something brand new.
Why Choose Anchor Pest Services?
Prompt and Polite Service
It’s no accident that Anchor Pest Services was named a Top-Three Pest Control Company in 2019 and has continued to receive awards and recognition in the subsequent years. We take pride in offering exceptional customer service and giving our clients the same level of service we would expect in our homes. Going above and beyond for our clients isn’t a courtesy — it’s our standard.
Far too many pest control companies in New Hampshire and the surrounding areas add hidden fees and add-on costs to the final bill, adding financial stress to an already-stressful situation. We’re committed to keeping our prices low and transparent so that you understand exactly what you’ll get when you choose to work with our team.
If you’re purchasing professional pest control services, you deserve to have peace of mind once the exterminator has left your home. At Anchor Pest Services, we provide an industry-leading pest-free guarantee for 30 days after your initial service. We’re confident that we’ll eliminate the problem the first time, but we’ll be back at a moment’s notice if pests return.
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Do You Need Winter Pest Control in New Hampshire?
We hope that this short guide will help you keep some of New Hampshire’s most common pests out of your home this winter. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how to protect your home from the pests in your local area, please contact us or give us a call.
If pests do make your home their own this winter, know that prompt and affordable pest control is only a phone call away. Anchor Pest Services can treat all of the pests here along with many others, and we’ll work quickly and efficiently to help you and your family get back to pest-free living as soon as possible. We offer free, no-risk inspections for your peace of mind and would be happy to help you understand your options so that you can make an informed decision for your property.