Do I Need Pest Control Services in the Winter?
This is a common question that we answer this time of year! Our clients typically understand the importance of keeping the protective barriers and the overall pest population at an acceptable level throughout the year. However, the cold weather and after-holiday budgeting does spark the thought of “cold weather kills bugs.”
In the pest management industry, we know that wintertime is just as important as springtime to continue service for ants and other pests that surge in the Charlotte, NC pest control market.
Why pest control services during the winter?
Noosa Pest Management doesn’t slow down with the arrival of colder weather. In winter, our pest professionals visit clients to inspect and identify potential entry points for rodents and other pests. After all, these little critters might see your home as an ideal place to hunker down for the winter. And how many homes need that?
We believe in the old saying that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and we adhere to that through our safe and modern pest treatment programs. The first thing we’ll do when inspecting your pest situation is we’ll advise you to address problem areas. Such places include foundation gaps, external vents, crawl spaces, window and door frames, attic roofs, and other entry points for various insects and other hibernating wildlife.
What pests are most prevalent during a Charlotte, NC, winter?
Charlotte winters are generally mild, rarely falling below 38°F or exceeding 71°F. Unfortunately, since our temperatures rarely drop below freezing, many pests choose our city as their comfortable winter home. The following are just a few of the pests most likely to stay.
According to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, eastern subterranean termites are our state’s most common termite species. While some are native, another common species, the Formosan subterranean termites, are an invasive species originally from Japan. These two species of termites have only minor differences, though both can do tremendous damage because of their sharp teeth, highly structured colonies, prolific queens, and simply their sheer numbers.
The brown marmorated stink bug is found across much of North Carolina. It’s an invasive insect and a pest that causes farmers serious concern since it destroys fruit, vegetables, and other crops. Stink bugs are also a nuisance in homes since they are attracted to home exteriors on warm days. That’s when they seek protected hibernation sites, allowing them to enter houses in large numbers. Expect to see them resurface in early spring.
Hibernating mammals (rodents, rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, possums, etc.) are frequently seen inside and outside houses. And, of course, several of these species can entice you with their cuteness. But don’t let that fool you! These cuddly-looking creatures carry all sorts of diseases—from rabies to plague to tick-borne illnesses.
Small Household Insects
An array of insects and arachnids (including spiders, ants, roaches, beetles, and flies) often occupy homes year-round. Don’t be surprised to see them (or their debris) in your home during the winter, after all, they’re likely seeking the warmth shelter of your home.
While some insects (like butterflies) migrate to warmer climates, others (at all life stages, larvae to adults) find warm and accommodating places to wait it out in and around the Charlotte metro area. We’re sorry to say that these lingerers emerge hungry and thirsty come spring, so be prepared to thoroughly clean your kitchen and put out bait and traps as needed!
What types of winter pest control services does Noosa offer?
As a top pest control company in the Charlotte, NC region, Noosa offers our customers only the best. Here are some of the pest control services we provide them:
- We inspect your home or business and the surrounding property for areas pests might use to gain entry.
- We remove cobwebs from your home’s exterior.
- We apply low-impact liquid products outside your home, as this is where pests may be foraging.
- We use granular botanical insect bait around your home’s exterior to create a secondary defense zone to guard against insect incursion.
- We inspect your home or business interior and apply our custom-made insect-repellent formulations when necessary.
- We have no additional charge for service between scheduled visits.
- Our staff and technicians are incredibly well-trained and excellent communicators, ready to assist you with any pest control needs.
Noosa’s all-season pest control philosophy is that most traditional synthetic pest control methods are outdated, which is why our pest control is “green,” even in winter. So if we spot any unwanted pests when visiting your Charlotte home or business, we’ll exhaust all strategies from IPM (integrated pest management) to make them leave on their own.
IPM is a sustainable pest management approach. It blends cultural, physical, biological, and chemical methods to reduce economic, health, and environmental risks. If you are amenable, we will try botanical pest control methods first. But if we need something more powerful, we will, with your permission, apply a more robust (yet still low-risk) pest control product.
Noosa keeps pests away — So why not call us today?
Unlike many pest control companies, Noosa’s pest control services are both enterprising and community-focused. We offer our clients the most up-to-date pest removal products and application techniques. We also help our community, especially struggling children, by donating and participating in regional fundraising events.
Moreover, when you reach out to us during regular business hours, you can expect a return call on the same day. Noosa stands out among the competition because, to us, it’s more than just making money and providing excellence in all that we do. It’s about looking after one another. That puts a smile on our employees’ faces every time we come to work!
Tell us about your current pest concern, and we’ll check your home or business for and treat any winter pests ASAP.
Reach out today by calling 704-499-9922.
Fred Wingate is the dedicated Owner and Chief Bugman at Noosa Pest Management, a thriving pest control company in Charlotte, NC. He established the company in 2006 with a vision to provide exceptional pest management services to the local community. By staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in pest management and fostering a culture of continuous improvement, he ensures that Noosa Pest remains at the forefront of the industry.
Not only is Fred deeply invested in the well-being and satisfaction of his clientele, he is also passionate about supporting the local community, including schools, churches, and other organizations. The future of our community is important to Noosa Pest, and proudly contributes to its growth and prosperity.