Around here, we are well aware that we must combat mosquitoes and fire ants throughout the summer (which seems to extend well into September and even November some years). Now that we’re finally seeing some holiday season temperature drops, it’s easy to be lulled into a false sense of security when it comes to the bug battle. After all, a reprieve from the heat must mean those creepy crawlies and buzzing biters are finally at bay, right?
Alabama winters—as mild as they are—bring a host of brand new pest problems. It turns out that a select few insects are scurrying to get out of the cold by getting into your home. Here’s what to be on the lookout for and what you can do to safeguard your domain:
1) Argentine ants
These little buggers hate the cold and the rain. This time of year is a drizzly, chilly one in Alabama, meaning Argentine ants are on the move and headed straight for the comforts of your home! While they do not cause structural damage, they do have massive colonies as the result of being a species with multiple queens reigning supreme.
2) Brown marmorated stink bugs
You may sniff these little suckers out before you ever actually see them. Your oil diffuser and apple pie-scented plug-ins, unfortunately, are no match for these smelly insects. With a need for warm shelter to survive the winter, you may find them setting up shop in the warmth of your home or in nooks of trees in your yard. They don’t reproduce inside, but they do smell disgusting.
3) Carpenter ants
Night crawlers like the carpenter ants tend to feel more ominous than other varieties of bugs. Not only are they especially creepy with their midnight movements, carpenter ants can wreak total havoc on your home’s structural integrity. As moisture-seeking nuisances, you’re most likely to spot them marching around sinks, toilets, and tubs.
4) House flies
Unfortunately, these buzzing bothers are a year-round issue in our state. Persistent as a nagging step-aunt at a Sunday supper, house flies get their name from, well, invading your home! They seek out any cracks, vents, or other unsealed openings, eager to zip around your home, landing on the lane cake you painstakingly spent all afternoon preparing (all three layers perfectly symmetrical!) and annoying the ever-loving sanity out of you!
When you were little, your momma may have told you these cuties were good luck. Now that you’re an adult with a home of your own, seeing hordes of these spotted monsters congregating throughout your upstairs bedrooms has you thinking momma didn’t exactly have the story straight. They seek to hibernate in your home and will gladly move right in to your guest bedroom to escape the wintertime chill outside.
So what can you do about these cold-hating creatures? First, avoid the urge to squish at all costs! Many of these insects either emit horrible odors or leave unsightly stains upon their pressure-induced demise. Your best bet is to Call the Shield! Otherwise known as Alabama Professional Services (APS), calling the Shield means contacting Alabama-based pest control and home improvement services with over 40 years of experience in making your home the source of respite it was designed to be! Included in the host of home services offered by APS, you’ll also have the Shield on hand to fix walls that have fallen victim to carpenter ants along with pest control experts able to get rid of the less-than-lucky ladybugs making your upstairs their wintertime vacation resort. Additionally, APS offers a team of experienced professionals who can help you trace the very spot where the pest problem originated! For many homes, the crawl space is the gateway to that pest problem as this area of the home often left unintended and subject to flittering, skittering insects to sneak in. APS is proud to offer crawl space repair and encapsulation services to create a safer, more secure home for you and your family.
Your home is meant only for invited guests! Take back your domain from the state’s most notorious wintertime bugs by calling APS today. The first step is a conversation followed by a completely free home evaluation! From there, an APS expert will determine what your home’s specific needs are and what needs to be done in order to eliminate these sneaky squatters! Whether it’s securing your crawl spaces, repairing structural damage, or simply putting those insects out in the cold where they belong, APS is happy to tackle your home woes with unparalleled courtesy, care, and competence. To begin the process of liberating your home from cold-weather creatures, Call the Shield at 205-538-2743 or visit calltheshield.com today for a FREE evaluation!