Common Fall & Winter Pests in Northridge, CA; Mice, Rats, Spiders, Ground Squirrels & More
Colder weather brings changes to the pest activity throughout the country, and though Southern California winters are milder in comparison with the majority of the United States, the locals can still expect some alterations with pests. Frequently, insects will hibernate during the winter months, being cold-blooded. Climate-controlled homes and business that have a steady source of food and water can lead some pests to venture indoors as opposed to going into hiding throughout the colder months however. Additionally, California can draw in the wildlife, particularly rodents, to seek shelter from the cooler temperatures and scarce food options where they will take up residence in the crawlspaces and inside homes. For this reason, it is important that commercial and residential locals remain vigilant regarding unwanted visitors. Today, we at Ventura Pest Control & Termite would like to list the most common pests that invade homes and businesses in Southern California.
Pests that Come Out in the Fall & Winter Seasons
1) Ground Squirrels. During California winters, ground squirrels can be a real nuisance, though they are more of threat to your landscape or garden rather than to your home. They are also very active during the late fall and into winter as the California Ground Squirrel breeds during the winter months. Causing substantial yard damage, these rodents tend to chew and burrow as they make preparations and are known vectors of diseases that can spread to both pets and people.
2) Ants. Throughout southern California, ants are among the most common of pests. During the winter, the very large colonies will frequently invade homes in search of food, water and favorable conditions to build nests. With ants traveling into the house daily for foraging, ants may not necessarily be living in the home, although they could, but instead their nests could be underneath your home or in the yard nearby. However, carpenter ants, a potential extreme threat, will make their home in the walls as they chew through wooden materials to carve galleries, or tunnels, in the wood to expand their nest, inside the wood.
3) Mice and Rats. Rodents are notorious for invading homes and businesses in the late fall to find the warmth and conveniences of food and water as the fall make food scarcer. Mice and rats cause substantial damage to your home’s structure, utility lines and contaminate food as well as carry serious diseases.
4) Spiders. Black widows are one of the worst offenders, but all kinds of spiders can be found in a home during the winter months. They have a tendency to build their webs near doorways or under stairs and they continue to remain active all winter long. Though black widows prefer undisturbed areas and are not aggressive but will bite at perceived threats, their venom can be especially dangerous, particularly to children and seniors.
5) Cockroaches. Roaches are found year-round and are not deterred by the cold as they are among one of the hardiest insects. Able to eat just about anything and are capable of squeezing through narrow spaces, roaches quickly multiply their numbers and thrive, having an infestation getting out of hand quickly.