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Common Winter Pests In Westchester County

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Most people think that summertime is the busiest time for a pest control company. This may be true for the most part, especially when it comes to dealing with insects like ants and earwigs, but believe it or not, the winter can be a fairly active time for pests as well! When your home is nice and cozy warm and the wind is whipping outside, you know the best place to be is safe inside your home and so do a number of pests in Long Island, NY. These pests are looking to enter your home to escape the harsh winter, so the pros at Parkway get lots of calls this time of year for pests that have invaded homes and even businesses in Westchester County, Long Island, and the Five Boroughs.

Here are some of the more common NY winter pests we encounter in homes and businesses throughout our service area:

  • Camel Crickets. This common New York pest is also called the ‘cave cricket’ because it thrives in dark and undisturbed places. It will enter your home to find moisture and an area in which to hide, which means they are often found in the basement. This pest is not known to bite, but it can be a nuisance when it enters your home in large numbers or when it begins to chew on belongings, including clothes, papers, and books.
  • Spiders. These arachnids will be inside your home during the winter looking for their insect prey to feed upon, so if you have a population of insects inside your home, you are sure to find spiders as well. Most spiders in our area are relatively harmless, but with many spiders looking for a warm place to hide during the winter, they make a nuisance of themselves when they enter in large numbers, leaving webs in dark corners of basements, attics, and other rooms of your home.
  • Fabric Pests. These pests include clothes moths, booklice, and the black carpet beetle. They enter your home on items that were already infested and can cause damage to the fabrics (or books) they infest, making them a nuisance pest.
  • Wildlife. In NY, the most common wild animals that enter homes include bats, raccoons, squirrels, skunks, opossums, and woodchucks. These animals will enter homes in search of food and shelter and they are known for causing structural damage to our homes, spreading diseases and introducing fleas and ticks. These pests are more than just a nuisance and should be evicted at the very first sign of infestation.

If you are dealing with any of these pests, you know how frustrating they can be. The professionals at Parkway have been dealing with these pests for years and since the company started in 1932, we know how to effectively get rid of these pests from inside your home. Our pest control services can be available whenever you need us for one-time services or you can choose our year-round pest control program with PestGuard or PestGuard+, depending on the level of coverage you require. Give us a call today for more information on the pest control services we offer for homes and businesses in our service area and you will see why Parkway is the best choice for Westchester County pest control.