How Safe is Your Home from Pests this Winter?
Most people don’t think they need to get their homes sprayed for bugs in the winter due to the cold weather. Unfortunately, Oklahoma had a very mild winter last year, and we haven’t seen a lasting freeze yet this winter.
We are getting a lot of calls for help with spiders and scorpions simply because it’s not getting cold enough and winter pest control is necessary. I strongly suggest for you to walk around your home and move any wood, rock, or brick piles away from your house. This will help prevent the further spread of spiders, scorpions, and other insects. Also, if you have a lot of landscaping, keep an eye out for sporadic webs which black widows are continuing to build since it’s not too cold for them yet.
Another thing I’ve been noticing a lot of is kissing beetles and box elder beetles around trees. Since the lack of a good freeze isn’t killing them, they are multiplying and they can move from trees to houses. If you look at your trees and see these bugs, the best thing to do is get an exterminator to spray them and prevent them from moving into your home.
Spiders and scorpions will also gather in garages, so it’s a really good idea to clean out your garage at least once or twice a year. It would be a good idea to clean out your garage the best you can, while you are putting your decorations away after Christmas. You can take a Shop-Vac and vacuum up any white egg sacs you find along with any spiders and insects you come across. Be sure to clean out your vacuum when you’re done and if you notice a lot of spiders, scorpions, or insects contact a professional!
Termites Myth: “Termites quit eating on homes during winter.” Most people believe they are safe from termites during winter, but it’s not true. During a termite inspection in 18 degree weather, I flipped over a piece of wood in a pile next to a house and termites were eating the wood right up next to the house.
If you think you may have a problem with spiders, scorpions, termites, or other insects, feel free to contact The Bug Guy at (405) 973-5522 and take advantage of our free inspections so that we may stop them quickly. If we don’t see any problems, you won’t be charged a penny!