Is continuing pest control in the Winter even necessary?
Whether you do your own pest control or have a professional service do it for you, it is a good idea to keep up with your protection throughout the colder Winter months. This is especially true in the warmer climate areas of the desert southwest like here in Carlsbad and Artesia New Mexico.
First, Let's define pest control. It's not just about simply applying chemical pesticides to kill and repel bugs and rodents. A good pest prevention program starts with creating exclusion steps to keep pests out and eliminating food sources as well as using chemicals and traps when necessary. Also see: First Steps To Effective Pest Control for more details about creating exclusion and eliminating critter food sources.
When it gets cold outside, insects and rodents want to be inside for the same reasons you do. It's warm, comfortable, and there's generally a good supply of food available. While you may not see as many running around outside or inside, they're still there feeding and multiplying.
Critters that are normally content with being in your yard, flower beds, sheds, and other outdoor shelters will start to seek other shelter as the weather gets colder and food supply gets scarce. And if there are access points and your insecticidal barrier around and in your home becomes less effective, they'll venture to where they previously couldn't.
So to avoid this migration into your home, it's a good idea to do a pre-Winter inspection for entry points as well as schedule times when either you or your bug guy will apply external insect barriers. We generally recommend that our clients get treated every other month. With a good residual chemical, there's usually not a need for more than that. So with that, it would mean an application in Fall, once in dead Winter, and then back on schedule in the Spring.
Why So Many Indoor Insects In The Spring
Spring time is when our insect control service heats up. Sightings of spiders, roaches, and other insects inside the home increase as the Winter rolls out and the weather warms up. Generally, these are from new clients who haven't kept up with a Winter pest control program.
Many of the sightings and infestations will be from pests that have been over Wintering in walls, attics, basements, and crawl spaces. As they've occupied a nice cozy space in your home, they've continued to feed, breed, and multiply. As they sense warmer weather and the you start to mature, they venture out into the home.
* * NOTE * * The external barrier to your home which is a tightly sealed home with a good residual insecticidal barrier is more important than applying chemicals inside the home. If insects and rodents can't get in in the first place, there really shouldn't be much need for extensive indoor applications. Still, we include a good indoor application with every service application just in case a resilient persistent insect makes it past the barrier.
So once again see First Steps To Effective Pest Control , do a pre Winter inspection, and keep up with your pest control efforts even if it appears that everything is under control. This will give you a head start in the Spring as well as keep you and your family safe and secure during the colder winter months.
Professional Pest Control Services
If you simply don't want to do it yourself, aren't confident with your efforts, or aren't comfortable applying chemicals, give Horizon Pest Control a call today at 575-725-9331 for professional services, consultations, and advice in the Carlsbad, Artesia, and Southeast New Mexico area.