As we enter the winter months and anticipate the holiday season, there are many things to look forward to: cozy nights by the fire, holiday decorations, warm sweaters…but pests aren’t on the list. For residents of Lancaster and York counties, winter bugs like ground beetles, stink bugs, ladybugs, boxelder beetles, and grain beetles can become a major nuisance in the winter. Other common winter pests in Central PA include mice, centipedes, silverfish, cockroaches, and spiders.
But how do these bugs and other pests survive the cold — and where do they go? Let’s take a look at some of the most common winter pests in Central PA and how they manage to make it through the season.
When you hear the term “creepy and crawly,” one of the first things that comes to mind is a centipede. Fun fact: Centipedes aren’t actually insects; they’re arthropods (creatures with no spine, joint segments and hard shells — like spiders). However, that doesn’t make them any less icky. Below is some more information, along with some tips on how to get rid of centipedes in your house.
Q. Is there anything you can do to stop thousand-leggers? We get control for a while when we spray, but they keep coming back.
A. Yes, “Thousand-leggers” or centipedes if you prefer, can be stopped even in severe cases. We use products that have long-lasting control while providing virtually no odor. Safe for pets and children too. One thing that people do not know about centipedes is that they are venomous. They can inflict a bite similar to a spider. After control is taken on the inside, we can maintain control with applications to the outside. This is great for active families who don’t have time to always let the “bug guy” in.