It’s Winter in SWFL: The Bugs Are Here to Stay

December 31st, 2015

Cockroaches inside a house

The arrival of winter in Southwest Florida can only mean one thing – our creepy crawly bug friends are here to stay. With our lack of “winter” weather this season, the heat and humidity has become a safe haven for pests. For homeowners, the presence of bugs can become a nightmare. We stress this year-round, but there are steps you can take as a resident of Southwest Florida to prevent pests from making your home their home.

Clean Up Your Home

Messy homes attract bugs, as they see it as their food source. People who do not clean up their home after eating are inadvertently creating a five-star hotel for bugs to reside in. Homeowners, it is time to clean up your act by taking care of a few things that include:

  • Store all dry ingredients in jars, sealed bags, or plastic containers
  • Take out the trash routinely and placing the garbage bin outside (remember to keep the lid shut)
  • Throw leftover pet food in the bin
  • Wash dishes immediately after eating a meal
  • Clean up crumbs and spills immediately
  • Recycle old newspapers, boxes, and cardboard regularly

Dry Wet Areas of the House

Cockroaches and mosquitoes love the water. Hence, it is vital for homeowners to keep the following areas of the home dry:

  • Drain the water in the sink
  • Wipe spills and puddles of water
  • Repair leaky sinks, pipes, bathroom fixtures, and appliances

Make Repairs to Your Home

Do you see the hole in the wall? You need to seal it up before it becomes an entry point for bugs. Do the following to avoid bug infestation in the winters:

  • Patch up holes in walls and screens
  • Seal up cracks and holes around windows, baseboards, and pipes using caulking gun
  • Store mulch piles and firewood 30 feet away from the house, as they attract rodents and bugs

Contact a Professional Pest Control Company

There are many DIY pest control methods out there, but to ensure that your home is rid of bugs (and that it stays that way), your best bet will be to contact a professional pest control company.

Alford Wildlife is a Fort Myers pest control company that operates in Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Cape Coral, Naples, Estero, and Bonita Springs. We provide the best customer service around and will ensure that pests are eliminated from your home as well as will not return. We provide full pest control and includes interior and exterior general pest control. From roaches to bees and anything in between, we’ll make sure your home is pest-free.

To learn more about our services or to schedule a free inspection, call us at (239) 214-7928 or click here to find out more.

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