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Most Abundant, Resilient Winter Pests in Colorado

Fall and Winter weather bring some remedy for lots of annoying bugs – however, cooler temperatures send most bugs looking for food and warmer shelter inside. The following are short descriptions of a few of the most resilient winter season pests and how Beeline Pest Control helps keep you safe all season long!

Cockroaches

cockroachesA wood-burning fire can bring a good deal of heat and comfort into your home throughout the cold winter months. Unfortunately carrying in the wood for that fire can also carry in the nasty cockroach. Throughout the winter months, cockroaches can also find damaged or missing screens on doors and chimneys to access the house. Once inside, they quickly contaminate food and water sources.

These bugs are among the hardiest structural pests to eliminate mainly because of their capacity to hide. Throughout the past few years, researchers have discovered their amazing ability to continually evolve, enabling them to resist most insecticide sprays and baits.

Of the almost 4,000 cockroach types found worldwide, about 4 of them are found throughout Colorado. Mostly what makes them so hard to control is their resiliency. They can adapt rapidly to their environment – quickly transitioning from the spring/summer to fall/winter seasons.
Lots of cockroaches endure the winter weather by hiding in walls, cracks, crevices, behind cabinets or home appliances and then reproduce in these warm, places. During the night they discover food and water from kitchen areas or bathrooms, and spread the diseases they carry on their body, as they stroll across utensils, plates, cups, counter tops, and so on. Some proteins produced by cockroaches are a substantial source of human breathing allergens.

With winter approaching cockroaches might be searching for shelter within the walls of your warm home, contact Beeline Pest Control to be sure they don’t discover it.

Termites

Sadly, the majority of Colorado termites are not eliminated by our freezing winter weather conditions. Although they do decrease a bit in the cold months, these destructive pests continue their march of damage, aided by the heat of the structures they inhabit.

Below Ground and Drywood Termites that have found shelter and food within your home’s structure will not be affected by cold outdoor temperature levels.

Finding termites in the winter inside your home is disturbing. Often, termite damage can go unnoticed until these bugs have consumed their path through your walls.

Subtle signs of their presence may include little holes in drywall or mud tunnels used to travel from the ground to inside your home .
In the basement, attic, crawl space or anywhere you can see exposed wood, look for signs of damage along the grain, including holes or places that appear to have been nibbled.

On the ceiling, beware of any bubbling or little areas of staining that appear as water damage. In many cases, you might see a little, brownish tube hanging from the ceiling. These drop tubes are a sure indicator of an active termite nest delighting in your home ‘s support structures.

Although you’re not likely to see a great deal of them out and about this time of year, it ‘s useful to understand precisely what a termite looks like, considering they sometimes can be confused with a flying ant.

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Termites have straight antennae, a segmented body with a thick waist, tan or black coloring and a matched pair of wings. Flying ants have a narrow waist, bent antennae and longer wings in front than in back.

In states like Colorado where termites are fairly active and widespread, it is important to contact Beeline Pest Control to develope a dependable termite prevention and control program.

Trained termite inspectors from Beeline Pest Control can inspect your home and recognize active or previously active nests at any time of the year. Contact our termite professional if you see any signs of an issue.
Mice and Rats

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Mice and rats are also known to leave dark brown or black droppings along their course, typically around food sources and nesting areas . The droppings are a granular shape and can differ from 1/4 of an inch to 3/8 of an inch. You can assess the degree of your problem by the amount of droppings you find.

One of the worst threats mice and rats bring to people, is illness and bacteria through rodent droppings and bites. Direct exposure to droppings can spread significant diseases such as hantavirus, salmonella, and leptospirosis. Rodent bites can transfer rat-bite fever or infection.

Their continuous gnawing can cause significant damage to your home. Mice have been known to chew on things like wires, PVC piping, furniture, bricks, and anything made from wood. In some cases, rodents have started house fires from chewing through electrical wires.

For significant intrusions, or if rodents simply make you squeamish, contact Beeline Pest Control and develop an elimination strategy that satisfies your specific requirements.

Thankfully, with the assistance of Beeline Pest Control, you can reclaim your home.

Bed Bugs

For years, the saying, “Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite,” was a rather useless, lights-out expression for kids in the United States. Within the last couple of years, bed bugs have begun to reappear and become particularly problematic throughout the winter season when everybody tends to remain inside and unknowingly transport the little guys from place to place.

Bed bugs are wingless, rust-colored pests about the size of an apple seed, clear (or bright red, if they have recently fed), and barely visible to the naked eye.
They do not fly or have nests like other insects, but they do tend to move quickly and congregate among groups in safe hiding places found throughout your home.

Bed bugs are blood-feeding insects that feed on the blood of humans . If a human host is not available, bed bugs will settle for animals like little rodents and household pets.
Bed bugs stay near their host when they exist– so bedrooms , sofas, and other sleeping areas are the most common locations to discover them. During larger intrusions, bedbugs can move through an entire house quickly and could be found on any surface area.

Bed bugs are most active when we sleep. They crawl onto exposed skin, inject a moderate anesthetic and suck up a meal of blood. Most people never feel the bite, but will discover the welts, bumps and red spots on their skin the next morning.

Bed bugs feed for about 5 to 10 minutes throughout the night, while the host sleeps, usually in the predawn hours. After feeding, they crawl to a safe crevice where they’ll remain for several days while digesting their meal.

Bed bugs are one of the hardest insects to eliminate. A juvenile bed bug can live for months without feeding while an adult can survive over a year, thereby permitting them to live throughout the winter months. They are resistant to most chemicals and simply destroying the infested furniture or mattresses will not treat the situation. Bed bug issues throughout cold weather are not something to be overlooked . Call Beeline Pest Control services anytime there is an invasion present (720) 863-6676.

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