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Expect Increased Fall-Winter Pest Activity

 In Blog, Pest Control, Pest Control Tips, Pest Prevention

A rat getting into the trash in Central FL - Heron Home & OutdoorIf you’ve lived in Florida for long enough, you know that all sorts of insects, vermin, and wildlife are running rampant. The warm and humid environment creates ideal breeding and feeding conditions for long lists of regional pests. It’s important to take precautions against pest infestations around your home all year, but these strategies should be changing to fit current conditions, too. If you’re looking to up your game against pests this fall and winter, read on for expert advice from the team of technicians at Heron Home & Outdoor!

Rainy Season Pests in Central FL

While it’s always nice to see our plants get some nourishment, the increase in rain in Central Florida this summer and fall has resulted in an inflated regional mosquito population. Because they breed in standing water, mosquitoes can take advantage of the natural pooling of rainwater all across the region to find ideal places to establish breeding grounds.

However, although Florida has the mildest winters in the country temperature-wise, the lows do drop enough to force rodents into the top spot for active pest pressures. When it gets too cold, rats and mice look to make their way inside our homes for warmth and shelter. We’ve removed rodents from attics, walls, crawlspaces, and yards across our region.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recently released their predictions for pest activity across the country this fall-winter. Read their full predictions here.

2021 Bug Barometer - Heron Home & Outdoor

Preventing Pests in the Fall and Winter

It’s important to keep up with the seasons when thinking about pest prevention measures fitting in to your regular home maintenance routines. Here are three ways that you can prepare your home for fall and winter pest pressures this year:

  1. Look around your home for entry points. These could be gaps around your doors and windows, broken ventilation systems and roofing, or small cracks in your foundation and walls.
  2. Be careful with food and trash. You should be using sealable bins for your garage and taking the trash out as often as you can. Also, clean up your meals right after eating, storing all food in airtight containers.
  3. Tidy up your yard. Any piles of yard waste or firewood can serve as shelters for rats, mice, and other pests before they find their way indoors. Also, keeping your grass cut short can reduce the chances of standing water pooling up and attracting mosquitoes.

How Heron Home & Outdoor Does Fall and Winter Pest Control

If you need extra help keeping pests off of your property and out of your home, ask your local pest control company about how they can help. At Heron Home & Outdoor, we offer holistic pest control services for any time of the year. This means that we will conduct an exhaustive property inspection, followed by any necessary extermination or removal work and a thorough findings report. We also offer preventative maintenance to keep pests out of your home for all four seasons! Contact us today for a free quote or to learn more about our services.

Expect Increased Fall-Winter Pest Activity in Orlando FL and surrounding counties

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