In winter, most folks feel lucky to get a breather from the ubiquitous summer pests – flies, mosquitoes, ticks – and might want to pull back on their pest control management. Nothing could be further from the truth! Cold months are when pests come indoors to get food, shelter and water. And it’s also the best time to check your lawn for pests and weeds and treat your yard for a better spring and summer.

In the pest department, cockroaches, rodents, ladybugs and stink bugs are among the unsavory pests that might be likely to show up in your Washington home to take refuge:

So don’t bug out of protecting your home from pests in the winter. Take this time to prepare for the warm months ahead. Call a qualified pest control professional for advice and treatment if necessary.