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Did Winter Pests Find Your WV Home?

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Winter is in full swing all across the country including in West Virginia and despite your best precautions, winter pests may have found their way into your West Virginia home. Common types of pests that like to try and make your home their home over the winter include wildlife animals, bed bugs, carpet beetles and cockroaches. It is important to understand the threats that each of these pests can bring into your home, why they want to enter your home and how they enter in order to help educate yourself and prevent future problems with winter pests.

Wildlife animals can be very tricky, persistent, and can be very difficult to keep out of your home. Wildlife animals like raccoons, skunks, squirrels and others often look to enter into homes in the fall in order to seek warm shelter and easy access to food and water during the cold winter season. They will enter into your home through your chimney, gaps around the areas where utilities enter into your home, and through gaps or holes in your roof soffit. When West Virginia wildlife enters into your home they can bring with them a variety of bacteria and diseases, parasites, they can damage the structure of your home and can become aggressive towards you and your family members.

Bed bugs are a very common pest to have in the winter as well as throughout the entire year. They can be brought into your home after traveling over the holidays, from a trip to the movies, or even after a shopping trip at the local mall. Once they get into your home they will multiply quickly and can invade your whole house. As they feed off of you and your family members, you may begin to notice bed bug bites. Bed bugs often enter into homes by hitchhiking in on your clothing, bags, outerwear and luggage.

Carpet beetles are another pest that many West Viginia homeowners are dealing with right now. Their main food sources of food are wool carpets and rugs, human and pet hair, book bindings, and stuffed animals. Once inside they are not a huge threat to you, although some people can have allergic reactions to the hairs of carpet beetle larvae. These pests can get into West Virginia homes through cracks in your home’s foundation, holes in screens and through gaps around windows and doors.

Cockroaches are another kind of pest that often make their way into West Virginia homes this time of the year. There are a few different types of cockroaches that can be found in the area although german cockroaches are the most common roaches found in the kitchen. Cockroaches enter into homes while searching for food, humidity and shelter; they often enter through cracks and crevices in your home and in or on packages that are delivered or brought into your home. Once inside your home they will introduce a large variety of bacteria and diseases including Salmonella that can make you and your family very ill. Their feces and shed skin can also trigger asthma attacks in many people, particularly in children.

If winter animals have made their way into your West Virginia residence, the quickest, safest and most effective way to eliminate them from your home is with the help of a professional exterminator. Professional exterminators will have the experience and technology to rid your home of wildlife animals, cockroaches, carpet beetles, and bed bugs, along with others like earwigs, mice, stink bugs and others. Contact Ace Exterminators today to get unwanted pests out of your home for good!