We may have put away our Halloween decorations but with the ghouls, ghosts, and monsters, you may still see other familiar creepy crawlies. Spiders, bats, and rats will often appear during the cold seasons. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control will talk about some of the creepy crawlies you might encounter this cold winter season.
Spiders Can Survive Winter
For many reasons they are scary and a common problem during the winter season. There are over 3000 species of spiders that invade homes in North America. However you will hear of the black widow and the brown recluse spiders the most often. These two pose the biggest threat to people. They are highly venomous and they like to hang out around people’s homes. Many spider species will enter your home this winter. However you don’t want a black widow or a brown recluse hanging around your home. So be on the lookout for these two dangerous spiders. A black widow is easily enough to spot. Black widows have all black glossy bodies with a distinct red hour glass on its under belly. The red hour glass is carried by all female and even sometimes the males. The female black widow is the one with the dangerous bite. Black widows like to hide in dark places and come out at night to feed. A brown recluse is a light brown spider with a dark brown violin shape on its thorax. Just like the black widow, brown recluses like to hide in dark place during the day, and come out at night to feed. However they prefer boxes and dressers. So be careful as you bring out your seasonal holiday decorations.
Are Rats Active in the Winter?
Rats and other rodents become a major problem this time of year. The change in the season will inspire many rats to go on the search for a warm place to call home. Fall and winter is the usual time of year where rat and other rodent activity begin to increase. You will want to keep an eye out for any rat or rodent intrusion. Look for signs of any chew marks out or inside your home, as well any feces. Rat feces will appear in a pill or capsule shape around areas where food might be present. The Norway rat is one of the most common species of rat in Texas. They are one of the largest rat species in North America. They have small ears, and eyes to their head size. They also have a round noise. They are dark brown almost black at first sight and sometimes even grey with a white or yellowish under belly.
Do Bats Come Out During the Winter?
Bats can appear in your home during the winter months. They hibernate from late fall until spring arrives, often inside homes and buildings. Bats usually only come out at night to feed on insects and flower nectar. This is why most states consider them to be a protected species. If you find your home under siege by bats you will want to contact a pest control company to remove and relocate the bats.
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You will want to go over the outside of your home and seal any cracks or openings to prevent any unwanted pests entering into your home this winter. If you find yourself overwhelmed with any of these spooky pests (or others such as bed bugs), A Five Star Termite & Pest Control is here to aid you as well as protect your home from future invasions. Call us today!