Overwintering Pest Identification

What are overwintering pests?

Most insects in Reno and the surrounding areas live happily outside, but some seek warm shelter when our region's temperatures dip in the winter. Overwintering pests have learned how to take advantage of our homes' warmth and safety.

an indian meal moth in a cupboard

The most common pests in our area to use our home’s as their winter retreat are:

  • American Cockroaches
  • Beetles
  • Boxelder Bugs
  • Moths
  • Oriental Cockroaches

Identifying the insects scurrying or flying around your home can be tricky. The best way to know what you are dealing with is to partner with an experienced professional who can accurately identify the intruders and then implement a plan of action to eliminate them. 

Are overwintering pests dangerous?

Most overwintering pests are just looking for a warm, safe place to survive the winter. They aren’t usually a significant threat to people or property. However, this isn’t the case for all overwintering pests. Take, for instance, the cockroach. Cockroaches are dangerous pests inside our homes in the winter, summer, spring, or fall. These insects contaminate large amounts of food, spread dangerous diseases, trigger allergies and asthma attacks, and have a knack for making people uncomfortable in their own homes!

Why do I have an overwintering pest problem?

Overwintering pests can become a problem inside any of our structures. Overwintering pests living outside in your yard will migrate into your home when the temperature drops.

Typical entry points that overwintering pests take advantage of include gaps under doors, damaged trim, vents, and cracks in the foundation.

Once inside, they move to dark, quiet areas of your home to spend the winter. Some, like boxelder bugs, will remain hidden until they decide to move back outside, while others, like cockroaches, will regularly move around your house, searching for food sources.

Where will I find overwintering pests?

We have compiled a list of some of the most common places in our homes where overwintering pests like to hide:

  • Inside cardboard boxes
  • Behind appliances and cabinets
  • In attic spaces
  • Crawl spaces or basements
  • Vents or behind light fixtures
  • The backs of closets

Once overwintering pests are in your home, finding and eliminating them is tricky. Partnering with a professional to implement preventative measures is the best way to avoid problems with overwintering pests. 

How do I get rid of overwintering pests?

If you are tired of dealing with the same pests inside your Reno, Nevada home, winter after winter, reach out to us at Natura Pest Control.

Because we offer superior pest control services and clean, green organic products, you can feel good about choosing us to solve your property’s pest problems. Our pest control solutions are not only effective and customized but leave behind the smallest environmental footprint possible. We are a family-focused company dedicated to protecting your family from our region's toughest pests.

To learn more about how our pest control services will help you maintain a pest-free home, contact us today!

How can I prevent overwintering pests in the future?

To help you prevent overwintering pests from taking cover within your Reno home, partner with us at Natura Pest Control and implement these prevention tips:

  • Remove leaves, weeds, and other organic debris near your home's foundation that overwintering pests use as hiding spots.
  • Use caulk to fill in gaps in your home's foundation.
  • Use steel wool to fill in holes you find in your home’s exterior.
  • Repair damaged window and door screens, weather stripping, and door sweeps.
  • Regularly vacuum and dust your home to dislodge and remove hiding insects.
  • Keep kitchen and dining areas clean and free of food debris.
  • Keep storage areas within your home free of the clutter that overwintering pests can take cover within. 

The easiest way to guard your home against overwintering pests is to partner with a professional. Call Natura Pest Control now!

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