The colder months bring the anticipation of holiday gatherings, coziness, and general merriment…but the cool weather also brings something else – pests. Pests are a problem year-round, and the winter is no different. It’s important to know what pests are most common in Salinas during the winter months so you are prepared to prevent and eliminate infestations.

Mice and Rats

Mice and rats are resourceful little creatures. They can easily slip through the smallest cracks and holes as they search for food, water, and warm shelter from the cold weather. Be sure to regularly inspect your home for potential points of access, sealing cracks and crevices that might be an open door to uninvited pests.


It can be chilly out there, running nonstop through trees and along your fence line – and squirrels are looking for some winter warmth as well. Be sure tree limbs and bushes are trimmed back from the house to avoid providing them with a perfect little bridge to cross right into your home.


Roaches are survivors – there’s no question about it. They will do what it takes to make it…even if it means invading your home to meet their basic needs. Humid, warm places will attract them, so check your pipes regularly for leaks that might be an easy source of water for a cockroach. Keep in mind that they’re hunting for food as well – be sure to pick up those crumbs after eating all your delicious winter comfort foods.

Bed Bugs

Let’s be honest… do bed bugs really have a season? They are definitely a year-round threat, but there could be some additional risk of infestation in the winter months. These little critters travel well and can easily move from one person’s coat right onto yours if they’re hung next to each other. Keep your winter gear separate from others and be especially cautious when staying in hotels and traveling during the holidays…you might bring home more than just presents if you stay somewhere with bed bugs!


There’s nothing like a bright, beautiful spring day when the sun is shining and birds are singing…birds can certainly bring beauty and joy into our lives. However, they can also wreak havoc on your property if they build nests in undesirable places, get in the chimney, or invade the attic as they’re looking for shelter during the colder months. Monitor points of access and be aware of signs of nests around your property…like droppings all over your front porch to greet guests at your next holiday gathering. Pests are a problem all year in Salinas, but there are some that are more common during the colder months. It’s important to keep up with routine maintenance on your property to prevent pest infestations.  If you have an active infestation or want professional help to prevent one, call Target Pest Control today for a free estimate by a highly qualified pest control pro.