Seasonal Pests of New Jersey & Pennsylvania

Winter Pests

Pests still exist in the winter and many live deep within our walls, in our basements or attics during these colder months. They enter as the weather chills in search of the things they need to exist: moisture, food and shelter. Our Home Protection Plan can significantly reduce the common invaders that enter your home in the winter months with our preventative outdoor treatment to keep pests out.

Rodent activity in our homes significantly increases as the weather gets colder. The rodents common to our NJ & PA service area (house mouse, roof rat and Norway rat) are driven to seek warmer shelter with food and water sources. Our homes provide all of these needs.

Numerous pests we see during the rest of the year “overwinter” to hibernate or pupate in our attics, crawl spaces, wall voids, under exterior siding, etc. Many of these pests (cluster flies, ladybugs, boxleder bugs, stink bugs, yellow jackets, etc.) are finding a safe and warm place in winter so they can start all over again in spring.

Urban Wildlife:
Winter is the time of year raccoons, opossums, skunks, squirrels, etc. are searching for a dry, warm location to bed down. They bring with them ticks, fleas, mites, etc., pose a threat to areas of our home and put us at risk of coming face to face with one while inside of our home.

Holiday Activities:
Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, etc.
Our own cultural activities contribute to pest infestations in our homes during the winter months. The winter clothes we bring out of storage in the attics, boxes, backs of closets, etc. may bring out clothes moths, silverfish, roaches, etc. Holiday decorations when not properly stored can become infested with a pest that we then bring into our living areas. Christmas trees may have bark beetles, aphids, mites, etc. Also, other decorations you adorn the home with may have infestations. The plants, you bring in from outside to protect from harsh weather often bring hitchhikers that are not wanted. The wood for your fireplace may carry beetles, termites, ants, roaches, centipedes, scorpions, earwigs, etc. as unwanted guests.

Spring Pests

The flowers, rain showers, and warmer days of the spring bring out many pests. Pest activity significantly increases, often inside of our homes. Spring is a busy time for pest control companies in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as pests enter our home from their winter hiding places, often confused as they are attempting to get back outdoors. One way to minimize this spring pest invasion is to protect your home in the fall with an outdoor treatment like that of our Home Protection Plan. This reduces pests from being able to enter our home to begin with to overwinter.

While termites at times become visible during the spring rest-assured that termites are active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Termites often make themselves visible during the spring swarm. This is when the winged reproductives (Alates) emerge in large numbers to reproduce and start new colonies. Consider yourself lucky if you discover a termite swarm in your house and as a result address the problem. Termites are known as “silent destroyers”, causing more damage and destruction to our homes and property each year than do all of the fires and storms combined annually.

This is the time of year when all of your “over-wintering” pests emerge from their hiding places to reproduce. Carpenter ants start swarming (another wood destroying insect). Also, wasps, pill bugs, millipedes, earwigs, mites, spiders, scorpions, silverfish, roaches, etc. become more active and populations significantly increase.

Summer Pest Problems

All of the new beginnings from spring have come to full bloom in the summer for pest activity. The maximum activity puts more pressure on our homes as the insects are seeking more favorable living conditions for food, moisture, lower temperatures, harborage, etc. All of these can be quickly found in our homes. A year round pest protection plan like that of our Home Protection Plan can significantly reduce these summer pest pressures.

Stinging Insects:
Stinging insects pose a serious threat to anyone with an allergy. We would never recommend that a homeowner attempt to treat for a bee, hornet or wasps nest on their own. While most stinging insects will only attack when they feel threatened, some are capable of stinging multiple times which could have serious results. Leave stinging insect problems to the professionals, it’s safer and more effective.

Fall Pests

Biting and Stinging Pests:
As cooler weather becomes more routine and many insects species have reached their annual population zenith, we see significant surges of activity from fleas, ticks, crickets, ants, spiders, etc. This is the time of year where numerous instances of yellow jackets and hornets are sited around homes. Any observed entrance and exit locations should not be sealed as this will trap them in the wall, possibly forcing them inside of your home.

Rodent and Nuisance Pests:
The cool weather initiates rodent activity around the home and announces the pre-cursor for the over-wintering insects to begin looking for that winter resting location. The falling leaves and decaying vegetation materials accumulate around and provide food and harborage for pill bugs, millipedes, earwigs, etc. These nuisance pests then become invasive and show up inside your home in significant numbers.

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