Texas Winter is Here

ACH Fire Pit Winter Post

There are two things we’re currently excited about – first, we’ve launched our first website since who knows when, and we think it’s pretty awesome. And second, Texas winter is here.

We worked with a local graphic design/web development company called Morether Creative Agency of Temple, TX. They gave our logo a simple makeover and designed and developed our website. Not only will our new website have current specials, easy contact mechanisms, and package pricing, but it will also feature a blog of Texas Pest Tips. Yeah, we’ve got different pests here in Texas than the rest of the country, though we can’t help you with your Uncle Ned from Idaho.

The second thing we’re excited about is Texas winter. While much of the rest of the country is in the grip of freezing temps, in Central Texas, we hover in “sweater weather” (or hoodie weather, depending on your age) for a few months. In other words, sure we’ll get some freezing temps here and there, but nothing sustained, and frankly after our consistently brutal summer, the cool air is welcome. For a season.

So beyond wearing Christmas sweaters and drinking peppermint mochas, what we at ACH Pest love is our flying friends – mosquitos, gnats, flies and more – just about disappear. That’s welcome relief from bites and stings and makes for beautiful backyard weather around the fire pit.

However, though the flying pests are dormant, it doesn’t mean all pests are. When the air cools off, crawling (and slithering) friends make their way to the warmer indoors. Don’t be surprised if spiders, cockroaches, water bugs and others multiply in your home.

You’re cozy around the fire? So are they!

Not only do bugs make their way to the warmer air, but disease carrying rodents often make their way indoors. Don’t be surprised if you see an opossum or Texas armadillo venture closer to your house.

And though they’re cute in the cartoons, rodents can carry diseases and put your family’s health at risk in a season already known for colds and the flu.

That’s why you have an awesome pest control company at your side (that’s us by the way). Now’s a great time to schedule a one-time treatment starting at $95. Or better yet, subscribe to our quarterly plan starting at $85/treatment and ensure the protection of your home in all seasons.

Though our treatments are the best (and safest) solution, here are some general tips you can put to use this winter provided by The National Pest Management Association.

  • Seal the outside of your home to help prevent rodents from getting inside. Check around utility drain pipes for cracks and holes as well as windows and doors. Fun fact: a mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime.
  • Check weather stripping around doors and windows.
  • If you use wood in your fireplace, store it 20 feet or more from your home. Mice and ants make their nests in wood piles and gain access to your home if the pile is close. Snakes are also known to nest in wood piles, so exercise caution when gathering wood for indoors.
  • Rodents love to hide in clutter, like garages and sheds, so keep those areas organized, and keep boxes off of the floor.
  • Cockroaches will gather around moisture sites, such as leaking pipes or clogged drains. Do your best to fix the leaks and remove excess water.
  • Screen vents to chimneys and keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.

So there you have it. Hopefully you enjoy our website as much as we do. And we wish you a great Texas winter this year. Have an egg nog for us and call us if unwanted pests start ruining your season (again, your relatives from Idaho are not in our line of work).