Despite what some people might believe, pest control isn’t something you only need to think about when the temperature rises. In fact, February’s cold often drives rodents and insects indoors, invading homes and businesses in search or warmth, shelter, and food sources. Once they’re in, they can cause extensive damage to your home, as well as pester your family and potentially spread diseases. The following are pests you’ll find in February — at the first sign of them, be sure to call in an expert Atlanta pest control company to get them out for good.
Mice and Rats
These rodents don’t hibernate, posing a year-round threat to your property, pets, and family members. They can get in through tiny, hard-to-spot holes and will gnaw through anything they can get their teeth around. Mice and rats can damage the insulation, drywall, support beams, wiring, and pipes in your home, and will contaminate food areas with their droppings. They also carry over 35 diseases, such as Salmonella, jaundice, and leptospirosis. You don’t need to come into contact with the rats or mice to be infected — their diseases also spread through their droppings, urine, and saliva.
Centipedes are often found in dark, moist, and secluded areas, such as basements, closets, bathrooms, and garages. You may also see them inside around doorways and windows, or crawling along your baseboards. They deliver a painful, venomous bite that feels similar to a bee sting. In addition to pain, a centipede bite may cause numbness, inflammation, and discoloration. Centipedes seek out other pests for their food source, so if you see them in your home, their presence may only be the tip of the pest iceberg.
Your home is a roach’s ideal habitat, because they seek out food and moisture. They’re often found in kitchens, bathrooms, and basements, or near water sources such as drains, refrigerators, sinks, and washing machines. They spread bacteria and contaminate any food source they come in contact with. They can also trigger allergies or worsen asthma symptoms, especially in children.
Raccoons have been known to enter homes through attics or chimneys on their search for a den site, and can be very difficult to remove once they’re inside. They’re strong, and will destroy your attic if they get inside by ripping through insulation, pipes, and ducts. Raccoons are a major host of rabies, as well as other diseases and parasites, so you should never try to remove a raccoon on your own.
Keep Your Home Pest-Free
Whether it’s rodents, bugs, or insects, no pest is a good pest when it comes to your home. STINGER Pest Solutions doesn’t just remove unwanted pests — we also treat homes to prevent future unwanted visitors from getting in, damaging your property, and exposing your family to diseases and parasites. Atlanta pest control is a year-round necessity, so don’t let cooler temperatures lull you into a false sense of security.