Arizona doesn’t get much of a winter, but for the short time that it is cold, the insects that plague us for most of the year seem to disappear. What happens to them? They don’t fly south like the birds, and they don’t hop a plane to vacay in tropical climates. Arizona’s pests have their own game plan for making it through the winter and it usually involves finding a warm place to survive the cold nights by burrowing further into the ground or making their way into your home.

February is one of the most active “waking up” months for pests. Scorpions, crickets, spiders, and silverfish will be revving up and going into peak season mode. So as it begins to warm up outside we will start seeing these pests more often. Although roof rats will be calming down over the next couple of months as things heat up. If you live in a pocket of roof rat infestation here is a list of tips that is good for all household owners, even if you’re at low risk for roof rats.

– Do not leave pet food out overnight

– Do not scatter excess food for birds and other animals on the ground around your home

– Regularly remove pet feces from your yard because this can be a food source for rodents

– Store animal food and garbage in containers with tight-fitting lids

– Keep your property free from tall grass and weeds where rodents might shelter

– Keep your property free of junk piles, discarded pieces of furniture, etc.

– Screen, plug up or cover all openings to your home that are larger than 1/4 inch.  – Use sheet metal and steel wool to fill and cover holes.

Cummings Termite and Pest offers year-round treatments for all types of pests found in Arizona. We ensure that your home is protected no matter what the weather is like outside. By continuing to treat your home during the less active winter months, you can ensure that you don’t have a major pest problem on your hands come spring. Our pest control experts will help you determine the right treatment plan for you, whether you are starting now or you have invested in the treatments in the past.