Pest Free For the Holidays
Jolly music, family feasts, presents under the tree – the holiday season has plenty to look forward to. But one gift you don’t want to surprise your family with while you’re gathered around the dinner table is a nasty pest.
For residents in Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia, pests can be just as much of a nuisance during the winter months as they are in the summer. To ensure you live in a pest-free home during the holidays, follow these three tips.
Don’t Let the Mice Move in for the Winter
With the winter’s cold temperatures comes the need to find a warm space to call home, and mice are no different than anyone or anything else seeking shelter from the elements. But, unfortunately, mice can carry harmful parasites and diseases.
- Leptospirosis: Bacterial disease that causes fever, headache, muscle aches and vomiting
- Mycoplasma: Bacteria that causes respiratory problems and pneumonia
- Salmonellosis: Bacterial infections that causes fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps
In addition to protecting your family from these symptoms, preventing mice from moving in will also ensure your property doesn’t suffer damage. Considering a mouse can chew through just about everything, including insulation, an infestation can even lead to higher utility bills because your home isn’t able to keep warm air in and cold air out. Sealing exposed holes and setting traps are the first steps toward solving this problem; calling pest control is the next.
Prevent the Roaches From Becoming Roommates
Roaches look for messy roommates no matter the time of year, and the holiday season is especially perfect considering the crumbs and other particles that find themselves lying on everything from kitchen counters to the carpets. Meticulously cleaning is the best way to avoid roaches from seeking refuge in your home during the holidays.
- Take out the garbage daily
- Vacuum weekly, focusing most on the spots where you eat
- Store leftovers securely and wipe counters, tables, etc. each night
- Never leave any standing water out
- Seal all cracks and call pest control immediately if you suspect a major issue
Keep the Termites From Feasting on Your Home
While the holidays are a time of giving and sharing, it shouldn’t mean you allowing a colony of termites to feast on your property. It’s a common misconception in northern states that termites don’t do damage during the winter because they move deeper into the ground to seek warmer temperatures. Although that’s partly true, termites remain active throughout the entire year and can cause physical, psychological and financial suffering at any time if you aren’t aware of their possible presence. Contact a professional pest service for a close inspection to see if you have an infestation.
Mice, roaches, termites – while do-it-yourself traps are one way of trying to get a grip on an infestation, professional service will ensure your pest problem is a thing of the past. For more information about which pests pose the biggest threats during the holidays and how to prevent them, contact Capitol Pest Control today.