Winter Pest Problems in Arizona
Just because the temps are dropping in Phoenix doesn’t mean your pest problems are over. With the arrival of winter comes the arrival of pests native to the Phoenix area that you should be aware of. Here’s a look at the five most common types of winter pests in Arizona. Partnering with a trusted pest control provider in Mesa will help keep these critters at bay.
Spiders crawl into your home seeking warmth. Most are harmless, such as the common cellar spider known as Daddy Long Legs. But while harmless to humans, they are a predator to other insects. However, the black widow and the brown recluse, both common to Arizona, are indeed harmful to humans and will make their homes in your attics, crawlspaces, basements and more. If you spot either one of these venomous species, call Frontino right away.
Ants hibernate under the ground in the colder months, but some make their way into your home, in walls and in pantries as they start to forage. If you have a winter ant infestation, this usually means the colony is well-built and somewhere well-established within your home.
Winters in Phoenix happen to be termite season, which means this is when they’re the most active. Elsewhere in the country, such as the Northeast, termites may die in cold temps, but because the winter weather here is so mild, they tend to thrive and multiply. If left to proliferate, termites will do a lot of damage to your home and destroy structural elements. If you see signs of subterranean termites, you’d be wise to call for an inspection right away.
Some common signs include:
- Peeling paint that resembles water damage.
- Hollow-sounding wood when you tap on it.
- Pinpoint holes in drywall.
- Buckling wood floor boards.
- Discolored drywall.
Cockroaches are usually a summer pest in Phoenix but because they are lured by the warmth of your home, you may see them in winter too. These pests carry many microbial pathogens, including salmonella, E.coli, streptococcus, and Staphylococcus. If you notice these critters scampering across your floor when you turn the light on at night, call an exterminator in Phoenix immediately. Don’t assume the winter temps will kill them off.
Small rodents like mice and rats can be very active inside the house during winter. They often can seek shelter to avoid the cold, preferring to nest in insulation, old clothing, and cardboard boxes. They pose a health risk due to the many pathogens they carry, depositing their feces and urine in your home.
Be on the lookout for pests that are seeking refuge in your home from the colder temperatures this winter. Then call us!
Contact Frontino Pest Control Phoenix, AZ.
Let Frontino get ahead of all those winter pests in Phoenix AZ and surrounding areas. Contact us for a free quote and inspection at 602-338-9223. Our pest control experts in Mesa will be there to troubleshoot the problem and provide the solution.