Winter Bug Types & Prevention

Summer is over and the weather is getting colder. You may feel you can relax when it comes to pest control; unfortunately, this is not the case. Winter pest control is just as important as keeping pests out of your home in spring and summer. Here are pests to look out for and practical ways to get rid of these critters. You can make your home more comfortable this winter.

Types of Bugs

Some bugs infest your home in the winter, so it’s important to keep your home protected. Termites are often an issue in New Jersey. These pests can be just as persistent in the winter as they are in the summer. There are even some termite types that swarm particularly in the fall and lay eggs in homes until February. The most destructive kind of termite is the Subterranean termite. This termite is widespread in the U.S. The insects live in colonies that consist of millions of termites and cost homeowners millions in property damage yearly.

Bedbugs are also among the critters to watch out for this winter. They are a problem in New Jersey, as well as the rest of the country. These bugs travel on purses, luggage, and clothing and are common in hotels and airports. If you’re traveling during the holiday season, watch out for bedbugs, so you don’t bring them into your home.

You may also need to be aware of crazy ants during cold weather. If you have winter flowers or bales of hay in your yard, crazy ants might infest your home. The winter flowers that you pick up from local nurseries may also be infested with crazy ants. So, inspect the plants you purchase during the winter.

Preventing Winter Bugs in the House

Overwintering pests try to enter your home in the fall so they can nest during the winter. For this reason, you may notice box elders, beetles, and ladybugs around your home’s entryways as the weather gets colder. The bugs are looking for warmth and nutrients. So, observe the west side of your home. Bugs like to sunbathe in this area of the house, particularly during the afternoon.

Be sure that all non-refrigerated food is in an air-tight container. Don’t leave pet food out overnight and clean pet food dishes thoroughly after each use. Washing the dishes nightly can prevent winter pests from coming in contact with food particles.

Getting Rid of Winter Pests

Spraying the door and window openings of your home with a mixture of water and clove oil can get rid of termites. However, calling a professional is one of the most effective ways to ensure that insects stay out of your home.

How NJ Pest Control Can Help

If you live in New Jersey, NJ Pest Control can keep your home free of pests, regardless of the season. Our team of professionals can provide customized treatments that will make your home comfortable and safe. For additional information and to set up an appointment, contact NJ Pest Control.