Winter is the season for many living things to hibernate; where there are quite a few pests that fall dormant in the cold season, there are still some that remain active all year long. To better protect your home and health, we have compiled the most common pests to disturb your winter and A-Tex Pest Management is readily available to dispatch them if they invade your home.
Brown Recluse Spiders
There are quite a few spiders that you can run into this winter, but the most venomous is the brown recluse spider. They hunker down in undisturbed areas like seldom-used clothing and shoes, ceiling corners, in window moldings, and boxes for example. Spinning their webs in isolated areas such as basement corners, closets, crawl spaces, and attics, brown recluse spiders are not aggressive in nature. These spiders will bite however, when they are disturbed and feel threatened. With their bite comes toxic venom that results in severe symptoms and in rare occasions can be fatal. If you believe you were bitten by a brown recluse spider, it is important you seek medical attention.
In Texas, we have America, Oriental, German, and Brown-banded cockroaches primarily running amuck in homes and businesses. Cockroaches are nocturnal and when they intrude inside during the winter, they are seeking dark corners that are often moist to survive the winter along with a convenient food and water source. Not only do they slip through tiny cracks, but they can be brought inside in grocery bags, delivery boxes, and secondhand appliances. Cockroaches can induce allergy symptoms and asthma attacks, as well as spread bacteria, germs, and pathogens.
House mice are frequent unwelcomed guests that especially barge in during the winter months. Needing a hole only the size of a dime, these little rodents squeeze in looking for a warm nesting ground along with food and water easily obtained. House mice will destroy personal property, structure, and utility lines in search of food and nesting materials. Not only can the damage they ensue be costly, but these little mice can spread disease and bacteria through their bodily waste.
Norway & Roof Rats
Rats are much like house mice; in Texas, Norway rats and Roof rats are the common species. Reining destruction at every turn, rats will even destroy plastic and lead piping in an effort to retrieve water. These rodents can potentially spread diseases rat-bite fever, jaundice, and cowpox virus as they contaminate the surfaces they traverse and the food they make contact with. 5) Raccoons: Raccoons typically spend their lives in wooded areas, but in an effort to escape freezing temperatures and to find food and water; these bandits will break into homes. Raccoons will slip through chimneys and other damaged areas in the roof as they look for a safe place to construct their dens, often in the attic spaces.