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What Critters Are Hiding in Your House Over the Winter?

It’s no secret that pests and all sorts of critters take shelter in homes when the temperature drops. This is a big problem when you’re trying to keep your home safe and clean. However, it’s almost impossible to do something when you don’t know which pests you’re dealing with. 

Don’t worry, we understand. At PestBear, we’ve been in the pest control industry for well over 25 years, so we’re more than familiar with the critters that you’re likely to encounter.

We’re going to use that experience here to help you determine which critters you may have sneaking inside. 


From squirrels to mice and rats, they’re all notorious for sneaking into your home for food or warmth. Unfortunately, they also carry a variety of health risks along with them. So, if you hear sounds in your walls or droppings around food, then you likely have a rodent problem that needs to be addressed.


Termites are primarily active during the warmer months, but they continue feeding throughout winter as well. The subterranean variety will even target foundations whenever they can. Things like hollowed or damaged wood and mud tubes can be signs that they’re present in your home.

Learn more here.

Bed bugs. 

Bed bugs can easily survive during the winter months, even going without a meal for months at a time. These bugs can hide all across your home and can be very difficult to pinpoint. Signs of bed bugs include rusty spots of bed bug droppings on sheets, a musty odor from the bugs’ scent gland and bloodstains on your sheets.

If you see any one of these signs, read more here.


Cockroaches, unlike a lot of pests, stay active year-round and constantly contaminate your personal belongings. During the winter months, they’ve been known to breed to increase their numbers, which can lead to a massive infestation. If you see droppings, smear marks on floors or smell a strange stench, you may have a cockroach problem.

Protect your home

If you have reason to believe that there are rodents, termites, cockroaches or bed bugs in your home, then you need to call for backup right away.

All of these pests are capable of having significant impacts on your health. Call PestBear as soon as possible for help you can count on.

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