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Prepping Your Florida Home For Winter Pests

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There are some things we rarely see here in Florida. We rarely see snow accumulation on the ground and we rarely see the Dolphins win a Super bowl. Don't worry, Dolphins, 1972, 1973, and 1974 can happen again! But we're not here to talk about football--or snow for that matter. We're here to talk about something we do see: overwintering pests.

Sure, we don't have overwintering pests like they do up in those cold northern states, but we still get them. Not only do we get them, but they can be just as much of a problem, even though our winters aren't nearly as bad. Here's why.

When temperatures dip down below 60 degrees, many pests start looking for a place to hide. But, whether it is freezing outside for 4 months or 1 month is irrelevant. Once pests get in, they are inclined to stay in. Your home gives them just as much safety from outside predators as it does you. Plus, your home has tasty things to eat. And that means it is the perfect place to raise a family.

Okay. Here is a test. Which of the follow pests do not hibernate? - Cockroaches, rats, mice, squirrels, ants, or birds. If you said none of the above, you are absolutely correct. None of these pests go into a state of hibernation, and that means they are ready at a moment's notice to become active again, if the temperature is right. Pests you may see disappear when the cold weather comes are: bumblebees, lady bugs, box elder bugs, flies, and beetles. These pests know how to sleep through the cold.

Roaches, rodents, ants, and birds all have the potential to bring diseases and harmful bacteria into your home. Before these non-hibernating, short overwintering pests come to use your home as a harborage from the cold, here are a few things you can do to stop them:

  • Do a thorough inspection of your exterior walls. If you see any rotted holes, use a caulking gun to fill those holes in.
  • Use that caulking gun to seal gaps around pipes, wiring, outlets, and air conditioning units.
  • Make sure your screens are all in good working order.
  • Look closely at the frames around your windows and make sure there are no tiny entry points.
  • Inspect your door sweeps and weather stripping to make sure they are making contact all the way across.
  • Remove all food sources that would lure pests into your yard, like open trash cans, bird feed on the ground, an unfenced vegetable garden, and decomposing fruit on the ground.

If you need help sealing your walls or altering your yard to resist pests, give us a call. At McCall Service, we have experts in the fields of entomology and animal control who can assist you in putting up a solid defense, so these pests stay outside where they belong.

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