Winter Pests in Albuquerque: Why Insects and Rodents Are Still A Problem
When it comes to pest-related challenges in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and throughout New Mexico, many homeowners may associate the issue with the warmer months. However, the reality is that insect and rodent infestations can persist even during the winter. In this post, we’ll explain why pests continue to cause problems even when it’s cold out, highlight a few of the more common winter pests in our region, and offer the solution to pest woes!
Why pests continue to be a problem during the winter months
- They’re sheltering from the cold
Just like us, insects and rodents are also looking for warmth during the chilly winter months. Our homes are an attractive option for protection against the elements and that’s why these pests tend to seek refuge indoors.
- Pests need food and water
During winter, the natural food sources for pests can become scarce. This scarcity drives them to explore new territories in search of sustenance. Unfortunately, homes provide a convenient environment with access to food and water, making them an inviting destination for pests.
- Some pests may still be breeding
Breeding cycles of certain pests can continue in winter. This means that even though the weather is cold, the population of pests within a home may still grow if left unchecked.
- Certain pests aren’t necessarily bothered by the season
While we know for certain mosquitoes won’t be flying around in January, that doesn’t mean all pests stop what they’re doing and hunker down or hibernate or enter into diapause (you get the point) as soon as it grows cold out.
Common winter pests in Albuquerque and across New Mexico
- Mice & rats
Rodents are notorious for seeking warmth during the winter. They can squeeze through tiny openings and make their way into homes on the ground level or even via the roof. Once inside, mice and rats navigate through wall voids, across drop ceilings, and other obstacles to find food, steal fabric and other material to make nests, and leave their droppings behind wherever they travel. Unfortunately, rodent activity inside homes can create health risks and their gnawing habits can cause damage to property.
While some spiders may become less active in winter, others remain active and seek shelter indoors. Varieties like the common house spider and brown recluse may pose a threat to residents.
Cockroaches are resilient pests that can survive in various conditions. Winter is no exception, as they often find warmth and food within homes. Cockroaches can carry diseases and trigger allergies, making them a significant concern for homeowners.
How to stop pests from taking over your home this winter
- Seal entry points
Seal any gaps, cracks, or openings around windows and doors, the foundation, and utility entrances.
- Store food properly
To prevent insects and rodents from stealing food from your cupboards or countertop, be sure to store food in airtight containers, transfer items from original packaging into pest-proof containers, and keep countertops clean to minimize potential food sources for pests.
- Keep your home clean and free of clutter
Regularly disinfect kitchen counters and floors, wipe up spills and crumbs right away, check around under kitchen appliances for grease buildup and other morsels that might appeal to pests, and washes dishes after every meal. You should also vacuum and/or sweep often and declutter your closets and other living spaces to eliminate hiding spots.
- Regularly inspect your home for signs of pest activity
Despite best efforts, you may still find pests inside. That’s why we highly recommend keeping an eye out for bugs and rodents as you clean and go about your business. Early identification allows for faster pest treatments!
And speaking of pest treatments, why not sign up for home pest control services
If you’d rather not worry about insects and rodents taking over your home this winter or any other time of year, consider signing up for ongoing pest control services with Greenway Pest Solutions!
Offering affordable home pest control services in Albuquerque, Sunland Park, and Las Cruces as well as communities throughout our New Mexico service area, our local pest control team is always read to help homeowners protect their homes and families from pests and the problems they cause. Reach out today to find out how we can stop pest activity, no matter the season!