Top 9 Winter Home And Yard Pests
Year-round, mice are active. Warm homes attract mice in the winter. You have food and heat. Mice consume wires, walls, and food.
Rats are active year-round and winter in warm, dry, food-filled houses. Rats are most active in summer and fall because they need to consume more in winter.
Boxelder bugs consume trees and hibernate in winter. Your heating system interrupts their hibernation, waking them up. Their faeces discolour furniture and destroy houseplants.
Stink bugs winter indoors. Stink bugs release pheromones to attract more. Your heater may make stink bugs think it's spring, activating them.
They stockpile food in summer to avoid scavenging in winter. Stockpiles may be excavated into your yard, harming your grass and vegetation. Noisy attics also have squirrels.
Hibernating bats feed on warmer nights. Warm, dark, and predator-free, they like your attic. Attic bat roosts produce unsanitary bat droppings. Smelly droppings.
Fleas don't hibernate or tolerate cold. They'll ride in on your pet's fur coat all winter. Fleas bite people and animals. Flea bites endure months in winter.
Many spider species breed in the fall, so you may witness a population spike in the winter. House spiders include the American House Spider and Hobo Spider.
Winter moths infest your pantry and closet. Moth larvae do that. Moths don't consume clothes; larvae do. They're also in pantry dry goods.