Winter in Austin may not always be harsh, but it’s still important to prepare for the colder months. Unfortunately, pests also tend to seek refuge in our homes during this time, making it crucial to keep an eye out for signs of infestation. At Stride Pest Control, we understand the annoyance and inconvenience these critters can cause, which is why we’ve put together a list of the most common winter pests and how to identify their presence in your home.
First on the list are rodents, including mice and rats. These pests can enter your home through small cracks and holes, and once inside, they can cause significant damage by chewing on wires and insulation. If you hear scratching or scurrying sounds in your walls or ceilings or find droppings around your home, it’s likely that you have a rodent problem.
Next are cockroaches, which thrive in warm, humid environments. They can enter your home through small cracks and crevices and are often found in kitchens and bathrooms. Cockroaches are notorious for spreading diseases and triggering allergies, so if you see one, it’s best to take action immediately.
Spiders are another common winter pest, and while most species are harmless, their presence can still be unsettling. If you notice an increase in spider webs around your home, it’s a good indication that you have a spider infestation.
Winter may cause a decrease in termite populations in some parts of Texas, but many of them still manage to survive by taking shelter in the warmth of buildings. The alarming thing about termites is that their damage often goes unnoticed until they have already caused significant harm to your walls.
Termites have a similar appearance to flying ants, which can make them difficult to identify. However, there are a few key differences to look out for. Termites have straight antennae and a thicker waist segment compared to flying ants. They typically have a black or tan-colored body and two sets of wings that are equal in size and color.
Finally, stink bugs are becoming increasingly common in South Texas. These pests release a foul odor when disturbed and can often be found in large groups on windowsills and other sunny areas of the home.
If you suspect that you have a pest problem in your home, don’t hesitate to contact Stride Pest. Our team of experts has been serving for years, and we’re dedicated to helping you keep your home comfortable and pest-free. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a cozy winter by the fire with peace of mind.