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01/30/13

Many people look forward to the first freeze. Not only is it a sign that the snowmobile season is practically here but the arrival of the colder weather leaves many feeling confident that their pest problems are coming to end, well at least until spring that is. So if that’s true where do insects and rodents go? Well each species has developed some way to cope with the long winters in the Midwest and the pest control team at Plunkett’s is here to shed some light on this topic. Pests like Asian lady beetles, box elder bugs and stink bugs often find refuge in our homes or other secluded, sheltered spaces to overwinter. In fact some will enter into a state of hibernation. For the most part, these pests will remain inactive until spring but warm days may lure them out of their hiding spots. The trouble with these pests is that they have a tendency to congregate in large numbers so it’s not just a single bug inhabiting your home but several. Now pests like mice and other rodents, spiders and flies remain active during the winter months BUT they do so in the comfort of our homes. Yes these pests move indoors once fall approaches in search of nice, warm nooks to hang out in until spring once again returns. While spiders are relatively harmless (if you don’t count their unsightly webs), flies could infest food and contaminate surfaces and rodents; well that’s a whole other story. Insulation contaminated by urine and mouse droppings are just one of the problems associated with this type of pest. Click here to read our previous blog on the dangers of a mouse infestation just to get an idea of how these pests can be. So, the important take away here is that bugs and rodents don’t simply disappear until spring but rather some retreat inside your home. While some pests stay in one spot, others like mice will continue to be active running through the walls and overhead, rummaging through storage areas and making occasional forays into the kitchen. If you are worried about pest activity in your home during the long winter season, contact Plunkett’s Pest Control today to schedule an inspection. Our team offers effective year round pest control solutions to get rid of winter pests as well as those pests that strike at other times of the year. Providing pest control in Minneapolis and throughout Minnesota, Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska and the Quad City region, Plunkett’s also service much of the Midwest. Click here to see if Plunkett’s offers pest control service in your area.



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