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Avoiding Carpenter Ants, Centipedes, And Mice During The Winter

As the temperatures get increasingly colder during winter, insects and other pests will stop at nothing to find a hiding place and get out of the weather.  So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that they would find a safe harbor in your woodpile.  Pests and rodents such as carpenter ants, centipedes, and mice are experts at finding shelter from the winter cold.  Furthermore, you’ll be in for all kinds of annoyances and problems if they manage to find a way into your home.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants love to infest all types of wood, especially tree stumps and other kinds of damp wood.  If you have any hopes of keeping these pests out home, be sure that you eliminate all standing water and other moisture sources from around your home.  Cut all plants and tree branches back if they are close to the house.  If you find any cracks or other openings around your home’s foundation, seal them up immediately.  Remember, carpenter ants are very destructive and can cause a lot of wood damage, if they manage to get into your home.

Centipedes

These scary little pests love moisture and water as well and will infest in your basement, bathrooms, closets, and potted plants.  Not only are they a nuisance pest, there bite can be very painful but in no way life-threatening.  Take the same precautions for these pests that you did for carpenter ants.  However, you should remove grass clippings, junk piles, leaves, and rocks from around your foundation as well.  While centipedes can appear very intimidating, they are not considered dangerous.

Mice

Mice can cause a lot of damage when they are constructing their nests, especially if they get into the walls in your home.  They leave a path of destruction when they chew things and pull them apart in order to build their nests.  Furthermore, they can cause an electrical fire by chewing through the wiring in your attic and walls.  Worst of all, they carry diseases that can make you very ill and oftentimes bring fleas, lice, mites, and ticks into your home.  In addition to being damaging and dangerous in nature, mice can be incredibly hard to get rid of as well.

The best way to avoid these pests is to contact a local professional pest control service for additional advice about avoiding these pests in wintertime.  Most services provide comprehensive home protection plans and can provide valuable pest control solutions. That is why it becomes important to shop and compare the services and prices before working with any pest control service. Make sure that they are competent and successful in eliminating these specific pests so that you are assured of their quality of service.

 

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