Although the daytime temperatures remain relatively warm all winter long in Orlando, it often dips into the low to mid-fifties at night. During these cooler months, many pests will attempt to move indoors to the comfortable confines of a home or business. This transition is commonly referred to as overwintering.
Types Of Overwintering Pests
Some of the most common pests that will move indoors as the weather cools include:
Rodents: Mice and rats can navigate their way indoors through small openings and establish nests in attics, crawlspaces, or beneath floors. As omnivores, they will eat most of the foods we eat.
Cockroaches: Once indoors, cockroaches will hide during the daylight hours and seek food sources at night, such as crumbs on kitchen floors, dirty dishes, food scraps in trash cans, and pet food bowls.
Ants: Because of their small size, ants are difficult to prevent from entering. Once a food source is found, ants will enter in droves, following the trail of pheromone chemicals that act as a signal to the others in their colony.
Paper wasps: Wasps are known to move indoors to hibernate during the cooler winter months.
Some Of The Common Problems Caused By Invading Pests
Rodents often bring parasites with them indoors, leave trails of excrement, and carry leptospirosis, tularemia, and other harmful conditions.
Cockroaches will contaminate food and surfaces and may cause allergic reactions among people indoors. As they move throughout a property, ants can spread salmonellosis, E.coli, and more.
Best Prevention Strategies
There are a few things you can do to help keep these pests from getting into your home:
Limit access to food by regularly sweeping kitchen floors, wiping down countertops, and having tightly fitting lids on trash cans.
Seal cracks or holes near the structure’s base, apply weatherstripping to gaps around windows, and install sweeps on exterior doors.
Keep tree branches, shrubs, and other vegetation trimmed back away from the structure.
Do I Need A Pest Control Professional?
Far too many people don’t think about the importance of adhering to the best practices that will prevent pest-related problems. In many cases, pests in this region will make their way indoors, seeking food, water, and shelter. Within a matter of weeks, many of these pests will expand their presence throughout the structure and could spread germs and damage property, which will prompt reactive measures by the property owner.
Unfortunately, many well-intentioned individuals will purchase products offered by online retailers and local home improvement stores. These do-it-yourself treatment options are commonly in the form of sprays, powders, traps, and baiting systems and are marketed using overhyped claims of being a fast and easy remedy. Many of these products are insufficient for eliminating more developed pest infestations and result in more frustration.
Did you know that the specialists with Green Flag Services now offer several year-round pest prevention plans? Our Green Flag Standard program includes bi-monthly visits by a trained technician that will treat up to 10,000 square feet and protects against pests including fleas, ticks, and ants.
Our Green Flag Plus is a premium protection plan that also includes bi-monthly visits to the property from one of our trained professionals. We will treat a 10,000 square foot area to protect against fleas, ticks, ants, wasps and includes a mosquito abatement program.
Leading Pest Control Company In Orlando
The experts with Green Flag Services remain firmly committed to safe practices and continue to use eco-friendly products and treatment methods that have proven not to harm people or the environment. Our trained staff has been educated regarding pest control safety by leading agencies that include the Florida Pest Management Association (FPMA) and others that promote the latest practices.
In addition to safety, we are equally committed to providing superb customer service, which is a goal that our A-rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has consistently reinforced. We encourage you to contact our friendly staff today to schedule an onsite inspection and estimate.