Maintenance 101: How To Handle Winter Pests

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While the summer months are the most active time for pests, that doesn’t mean you should neglect pest control during the winter. Here are several pest problems you may face and how to adequately manage them to prevent property damage and keep your residents happy.

Mice

It’s very common to see mice in the winter. The drop in temperature drives them inside where they find warm, dark places to nest. Since mice can fit through the smallest cracks and so frequently take up residence in walls, it’s not uncommon for them to do hundreds of dollars worth of property damage before the resident even knows they’re there.

Signs of mice: Droppings are common, as well as bite marks at the edge of boxes, walls, and wooden furniture. If the resident reports mysteriously damaged food containers, this is also a good indication.

What to do: Seal up any cracks or holes outside the residence using caulk and steel wool.

Spiders

Spiders also tend to move inside during the colder months. While most household spiders are harmless, some can be dangerous to pets, children, and even adults. It’s not worth taking chances with the safety of your residents. 

Signs of spiders: Webs are the most common sign of spider activity. Check the corners of ceilings and doorways, as well as any dark crevices. 

What to do: Clear away any existing webs and seal up cracks in the ceiling or doors. Place spider tape in high-traffic areas and spray visible spiders with pest spray. If you prefer a more natural solution, fill a spray bottle with equal parts white vinegar and water. 

Cluster Flies, Boxelder Bugs, Carpenter Ants

These pests like to hide out in attics during the winter months. If your property supports attic space, it’s worth ensuring there’s nothing nesting before warm weather hits. These types of insects will quickly infest a residence if left untreated.

Signs of cluster flies, boxelder bugs, and carpenter ants: Piles of wood shavings, sounds of rustling, and an unidentifiable odor in the attic can be signs of these common winter pests.

What to do: As always, seal up any cracks or openings. Apply the appropriate pest spray to the infested area. For a natural solution, use Borax powder as it works on most insects with little fuss. 

The best thing you can do in the winter is to stay vigilant and help prepare your residents for the warmer months. Treat your properties for current and future pests now so your residents can enjoy a relaxing, pest-free spring and summer. For advice on how to pest-proof your multifamily properties, contact us today!

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