Do you have stink bugs crawling in your curtains or perching on your light fixtures? Do you have Asian lady beetles or box elder bugs congregating on your window sills? Have you started to hear scratching and bumping inside your walls? It wouldn't be surprising. When temperatures drop outside, insects and rodents get inside Brentwood homes to find warmth. If they've gotten into your home, here are a few things you should know.
What You Should Know About Overwintering Insects
When overwintering insects show up in your common areas, it can be annoying. Stink bugs can put off an unpleasant aroma when disturbed, and Asian lady beetles and box elder bugs can stain your belongings with their excrement. Fortunately, these insects aren't a disease threat, and they're not prone to bite you. They're mostly nuisance pests.
How To Deal With Overwintering Insects
If insects have gotten into your Brentwood home, here are a few tips to help you deal with them.
Use a vacuum to suck the insects up. Dispose of the vacuum bag outside.
Do a detailed inspection of your exterior doors and windows. Look for gaps around your frames, damaged screens, gaps in weatherstripping, or holes in your frames. Seal all potential entry points.
Keep in mind that, while overwintering insects will attempt to leave your home in the spring, you can get rid of them sooner by contacting All-American Pest Control for an interior treatment.
What You Should Know About Rodents
Rodents bring ticks, fleas, and other ectoparasites in with them.
Rodents soak insulation with urine, and can soak stored furniture and other items with their urine.
Rodents leave their droppings in many places.
Rodents chew holes to get into homes. They chew holes in foam insulation, they tear up fiberglass insulation, they gnaw holes through wood and other building materials, they chew holes into stored foods, and they chew holes in fabrics.
Rodents chew on wires and gas lines. This can cause a fire inside your home.
Rodents can contaminate cutting boards, dishes, silverware, surfaces, and stored food.
Rodents sometimes make noises, like bumping and scraping inside your walls. This is certainly annoying, but you might want to thank those noisy rodents. Often, mice and rats don't make any noise. They silently move about inside Brentwood homes damaging property and causing flu-like symptoms via the pathogens they leave around.
How To Deal With Rodents
If mice or rats have gotten into your Brentwood home, take steps to protect your property from damage and to prevent rodent-related illness. We don't recommend DIY rodent control simply because you might not know that your methods have failed to capture all of the rodents in your home. When you contact All-American Pest Control to have mice or rats eliminated, you can trust that our service team members will use industry-leading technologies and control methods to rid your home of rodents. Keep in mind that getting rid of mice or rats is never an overnight success. You can trust that our team members will strategically inspect, apply appropriate treatments, and perform the necessary follow-up.
Are you dealing with overwintering pests in Brentwood?
You don't have to live with overwintering pests. Contact All-American Pest control today. Often, we can provide an estimate over the phone by asking a few targeted questions. Or, if you prefer, we can schedule a Free Home Evaluation so that you can speak to one of our service professionals in person. We're here to help you with all your pest control needs.