Keeping bugs at bay in the winter starts with eliminating breeding grounds inside your home. Environmental Pest Management created your go-to guide to scope out these areas.
Bugs can be a nuisance, as well as creepy, crawly, and just plain yucky. While bugs might be fascinating outside, no one wants insects inside their home. These pests aren’t just annoying or gross. They can also cause damage to your home, food supply, or clothes.
Winter is often a time when insects move into your toasty warm home and take up residence. When it’s cold and wet outside, your home provides a fantastic place for bugs to spend the winter.
If bugs have made their way into your home and you’re not sure what to do, you can rely on Environmental Pest Management to safely remove the insects and prevent them from returning. We are here to create a plan to keep your home pest-free by evaluating both the inside and outside areas.
You might be wondering what type of bugs might be in your home during the winter, and where they come from. Bedbugs, house gnats, drain flies, and more can be lurking in your home due to breeding grounds you didn’t even know existed in your house.
Learning where and why bugs might be lurking in your house is the first step toward preventing and removing them. There are particular areas in your home that bugs can hide and set up bug nurseries. Pay attention to these places, so that you can eliminate the creepy crawlies along with their breeding grounds.
Check Your Drains
You might think those tiny pesky swarming insects in your kitchen are fruit flies. While fruit flies are a common pest, you may be mistaking fruit flies for drain flies. Drain flies congregate in dark and damp areas, such as drains, where they breed and lay eggs.
These obnoxious bugs are tiny moth-like critters that can exacerbate asthma and fly into ears and eyes. Check any shower or sink drains in your home if you encounter a drain fly. The best way to see if drain flies are in a particular drain is to apply tape over the top of the drain overnight and see if any flies are stuck on the tape in the morning.
Once you identify the source of the drain flies, you can take the necessary steps to eliminate them.
Removing Drain Flies
To eliminate drain flies, start by cleaning your drains. Flush the drain with two to four quarts of water, and then use a pipe brush to loosen any sludge in the drain. Use a gel drain cleaner to finish cleaning the drain out. Follow these steps by flushing the drain with more warm water, ensuring any sludge is gone.
Keeping your drains thoroughly clean and removing any stagnant water accumulating in your home will help prevent future infestations of drain flies.
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Check Your Potted Plants
You might also find that winter brings swarming gnats to your kitchen and bathroom. These annoying little flying bugs are a nuisance as you wave them away from your face while trying to relax in your home.
House gnats often breed in potted plants as the moist soil makes a nice home. House gnats need moisture to reproduce, so the bathroom is another great hang-out for these guys. Your drains, grout, or sink can be a breeding ground for house gnats.
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Eliminating gnats begins with removing excess moisture in your home that the gnats need to reproduce. Clean up any moisture collecting in drains or surfaces and ensure that you are not over-watering potted plants. Check your plant trays for any standing water.
Keeping your bathroom and kitchen drains free from build-up is imperative to preventing house gnats.
Check Your Bedding
Another horrible insect that can show up in your home during the winter months is the dreaded bed bug. Bed bugs love your warm and cozy home and especially your thicker pajamas and bedding that you tend to use in the winter.
Bed bugs can hibernate when temperatures get too cold, but once in your warm and comfortable bed, they will wake up, breed and set up their homes. These parasites are often hard to find and catch, so they tend to go unnoticed for quite some time.
Bed bugs can hide inside your mattress, in the cracks between the headboard and mattress, under the covers, or even in nearby carpet or furniture. When it’s time for you to go to bed, it’s time for them to feed. Bed bugs are sneaky, and it can be challenging to identify an infestation.
To inspect for bed bugs, look for tiny brown or blood-colored stains in your sheets, pajamas, or furniture, small bites on your body, and shed skins as the bugs grow from larvae to adults. They are quite tiny, so using a magnifying glass will assist with your inspection.
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Removing Bed Bugs
Eradicating bed bugs can be tough due to their evasive nature. They tend to hide in cracks, crevices, furniture, window sills, and other hard-to-find places. It is very easy to miss one of their hiding spots, which leads to continued infestation.
When it comes to removing bed bugs from your home, using a professional service is the best way to ensure they are completed eradicated.
Environmental Pest Management Can Help!
If you are dealing with unwanted pests this winter, Environmental Pest Management can help get your home insect-free. Whether you have nasty gnats or creepy, sneaky bed bugs, we can locate and eliminate insects in your home and prevent them from returning.
With our commitment to safe pest removal processes and exceptional customer service, you can rely on us to get the job done. Don’t let pesky bugs take over your cozy home this winter. Contact us today to develop a plan to keep your home bug-free all year long.
Enjoy the warmth and comfort of your home this winter and don’t let bugs take over. Environmental Pest Management has the experience and skills to keep your house safely pest-free. Count on us to solve your pest problems, whatever they may be.