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It’s Cold Outside…Why Do I Need Pest Control?

Cockroach investigating open end of toothpaste tube
Certain pests are active year-round and seek shelter from the cold.

In Arkansas, temperatures can vary greatly throughout the winter months of December through March, ranging from below freezing to spring-like weather. While many think the winter weather kills off many pests, it is still necessary to maintain pest control during the winter for several reasons:

  1. Certain pests are active year-round: Some pests, such as cockroaches and rodents, remain active throughout the year, including winter. These pests continue to pose problems for residents, making it important to maintain pest control efforts.

  2. Pests seek shelter from the cold: As the weather gets colder, pests look for warm places to shelter, and homes often provide the ideal environment. This can lead to an increase in pest activity inside homes during the winter months.

  3. Preventative measures are effective: Pest control services often recommend quarterly visits throughout the year to ensure complete protection. These visits can help prevent certain seasonal pests from thriving in or around your home as seasons change.

  4. Pests can cause health hazards: Some pests, like rodents and cockroaches, can carry diseases such as Salmonella and Hantavirus. Certain spiders can bite, causing serious side effects, and cockroaches can be a trigger for asthma and allergies. Therefore, maintaining pest control during winter can help reduce these health risks.

  5. Pests can enter homes through small openings: Rodents, for example, can get into your home through small holes. Attics can act as a shelter for spiders and other pests. Therefore, winter pest control can help identify and seal these entry points, reducing the likelihood of infestation.


In conclusion, while some pests may become less active or go into dormancy during the winter, others continue to pose a threat. Therefore, maintaining pest control efforts during the winter is crucial to prevent infestations and protect your home. Learn more about our rodent and pest control services.


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