From rodents to insects, pests are increasingly common indoor problems when cool weather arrives in Clearwater, Florida. If you keep an eye out for signs of the area’s biggest pests, however, you won’t have to pay an arm and a leg to repair damage to your home. Watch out for these five pests and learn how to prevent them from invading your home.

Mice

As the weather cools down during the winter months, mice and rodents tend to move indoors for warmth. A home that doesn’t have rodent problems for most of the year can quickly develop serious issues when temperatures drop. Since rodents can contaminate your food, spread disease, and damage your home’s wiring, you should take these pests seriously.

Removing and containing trash outside your home, as well as sealing small holes that lead indoors from your home’s exterior are some of the most effective ways to keep rodents out. If you’re not sure where to begin, call your local rodent control experts for professional advice.

Cockroaches

Like rodents, cockroaches can also spread germs and disease, and they tend to gravitate toward warmer indoor areas when winter weather sets in. Many people associate cockroaches with unclean areas, but in reality, these insects live in many perfectly clean homes and neighborhoods in the Clearwater area.

If you notice a growing cockroach problem in your home, contact a pest control technician for professional help. This contractor will check your home for possible entry points and areas that typically attract cockroaches, like areas with water damage or unusual amounts of moisture. A technician will also set traps to catch these pests and prevent them from returning to your home.

Bedbugs

Bedbugs are common fall and winter pests, since the summer travel season often gives them an opportunity to settle into homes around the state. Like many insects, bedbugs can breed quickly, and just one or two insects can quickly become a large colony. Most homeowners discover that they have a bedbug problem when they experience itchy bites or see insect skin or eggs. Though cleaning and vacuuming can help keep bedbug numbers down, it won’t completely solve the problem.

Since eliminating bedbugs is a particularly difficult project for most homeowners, it’s best to call a professional bedbug technician to eliminate the problem. A professional knows all of the hiding places where these pests typically live and can stop them at the source. An experienced technician also understands how to remove bedbugs completely, as this is the only way to solve the problem.

Termites

In Florida and other warm areas of the U.S., termites don’t have a defined season. Instead, they tend to establish subterranean nests and feed on wood all year round. When these pests invade your home, a few distinct signs will tip you off. Mud tubes that run from termites’ nests up the exterior walls of your home are a good sign that termites have moved in. Hollow wooden areas, cracked paint, and discarded insect wings also indicate the presence of termites.

Whether you want to stop an invasion in its tracks or protect your home from a future infestation, the professionals at JD Smith can treat your home with Termidor. This professional grade termite control method affects termites that come into contact with the substance and then quickly transfers to others in the colony from there.

Ants

Termites can often live in or near a home for years before causing significant structural damage, but ants can colonize and take over a home surprisingly quickly. The best way to prevent an ant infestation is to keep your home clean, as exposed food, crumbs, dirty dishes, and even trash receptacles can attract these insects.

If you have a minor infestation, setting traps with vinegar can help keep ants at bay. Major infestations usually require professional help, though. Contact a pest control expert to detect entry points, set traps, and destroy the ant colonies around your home.

Have cool weather pests invaded your home? JD Smith Termite & Pest Control can help. Call us to discuss your pest control options today: 727-483-5797.

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