This is the time of year when some people question the need for pest control service.  Some seem to reason that all pests are inactive when it is cold out.

Consider the following key points:

  • Some pests, such as wasps or boxelder bugs, do become inactive in cold weather.  However, pests such as mice, ants, spiders, roaches, and others remain active in cold weather.  We have seen ants foraging on snow.
  • Bug Zero’s preventative maintenance programs are designed to stay a step ahead of pests.  We anticipate pest activity and take steps to protect your property before the pests develop.
  • By definition, preventive maintenance means that we must take action while there is no known pest activity.  Those who wait until a problem surfaces must endure the inconvenience or embarrassment of live pests followed by dying pests.
  • Clients who schedule service only to correct problems must be charged a higher rate.
  • Snow acts as insulation for pests over-wintering beneath it.   They are not aware of the extreme cold we have.
  • Whatever cold snaps we experience are typically short lived.  Nearly every month of the year has a few days when temperatures reach at least 50 degrees.  The material applied today will remain effective to intercept pests that become active on warmer days.
  • Bug Zero’s Physical Inspection is possibly the most valuable service we offer all year.  It is included at no additional fee for Residential clients during winter service.   If our inspection reveals one moisture problem, one disconnected duct, etc, you save more money than you invested for an entire year.
  • Immediately following our Physical Inspection cycle, we begin ant prevention.  Clients on a maintenance schedule rarely see ants.  Customers who wait until they have ants to call often experience delayed results and the need for repeat applications.
  • Clients on a recurring maintenance program get priority response times during our busiest seasons.
  • Spring is not far off.
  • Mom was right.  An ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure.