snake

Snakes are unable to regulate their internal body temperature, like most mammals, since they are cold-blooded. Like warm-blooded creatures, snakes also seek shelter from the winter’s harsh weather. Although this behavior is similar to hibernation, scientists call this brumation. During this process, snakes shut down their systems, conserve their energy and prepare for reproduction. Below we explain what brumation is and why snakes do it during the winter.

What is Brumation?

Since snakes are cold-blooded animals who can’t regulate their body temperature easily, they tend to become sluggish and lethargic during cold weather. Their increasingly inactive body makes them less likely to catch and digest prey.

During the process of brumation, the snake’s body gradually slows its metabolism and starts conserving energy. Since they use less energy, they are also able to handle longer periods without feeding. Although they do sleep higher amounts during brumation, they are still able to leave the den to look for food and water, unlike warm-blooded animals during hibernation.

When do Snakes Brumate?

Brumation periods vary in every region. In northern regions, where there is typically colder weather, brumation periods last longer and start earlier. Usually, brumation can start from September through December and end until March or April. Depending on the weather pattern, some snakes can come out of brumation if the weather is warm enough outside.

Where do Snakes Brumate?

Snakes tend to go underground, under rock piles and into mammal burrows to avoid freezing temperatures. Normally, they find underground shelter in slopes that form natural dens. These dens have rocks that absorb heat, which provides warm shelter while the snakes brumate.

Other possible brumation locations in the wild include:

  • Rodent dens
  • Tree stumps
  • Caves
  • Deep caverns

Other possible brumation locations NOT in the wild include:

  • Garages
  • Basements
  • Crawl spaces
  • Boiler rooms
  • Sheds
  • Storage rooms
  • Car engines

Ideally, the best brumation place is somewhere away from rain or the outside elements. Sometimes snakes prefer brumating in groups since their body heat serves to help them stay warmer.

San Antonio snakes are no joke! For more information on snake removal and snake control services, contact Apple Pest Control.

Rodent

There are many pests that naturally try to seek warmth during the winter. Most of the time, the warm places that they find are inside of your home. This winter, you should be prepared and learn about the pests that could be living in your home. Termite control or even wildlife removal may be needed for the upcoming season.

Termites

San Antonio has extremely high termite activity. These pests will get into your home and begin to destroy everything they come in contact with. Termites remain active during the winter, especially in a warm home. If termites find a way into your house, the entire colony will thrive in the warmth. You can stay on the lookout for termites in your home by looking for mud tubes, wings and wood damage. Termite control will be needed for an infestation before too much damage is done.

Crickets

If you live in San Antonio, you probably know all about the many crickets that live here. Swarms of crickets seek warmth in your home during the wintertime. You may see crickets crawling on your trees, walls, and around your home this winter. Crickets make loud noises and can be a very annoying pest to prevent this winter.

Spiders

This winter, you may not be thinking about these creepy crawlers hiding in the warmth of your home. Spiders love living indoors. If they are surviving in your home, they will continue to stay there. They remain very active during the winter season and can begin to have babies in the cracks of your home.

Rats

Rats and mice can be very dangerous when living in your home. These rodents are looking for holes to get into your house and find warmth. Rats can bring disease into your home this winter that can harm your family’s health. Rats are known for having babies and bringing their whole family into your house. If you have a rat infestation this winter, contact a professional company for wildlife removal San Antonio homeowners can trust, such as Apple Pest Control.

Winter in San Antonio may not entail super cold temperatures, but these pests will definitely still be searching for a warm area to escape to. Trust Apple Pest Control, your local San Antonio Pest Control, to get the pests out of your home for good. Contact us today for an appointment.

silverfish on stoneWhat is a silverfish?

Silverfish are a common pest in Texas, but not a common name. Silverfish are known to be one of the oldest insects in the world, dating back to prehistoric times. They are the shiny gray bugs that you usually find running in your drawers, papers or books. These creepy crawlers are around half an inch long and are mostly active at night.

While these insects are safe to humans, they can be very annoying when it comes to your home. Silverfish are drawn to your papers, cardboard and food because of their diet, which is full of sugars and carbohydrates. When these pests chew on objects around your home, they will create holes and can ruin your possessions. Silverfish can be found chewing up your special family scrapbook, important business papers and your food!

DIY Silverfish Removal

There are many ways to prevent these pests, such as keeping your food in air-tight containers or vacuuming your home, but what are the ways to get them out for good? To get rid of this tenacious species in your home, you can try these silverfish DIY pest control methods:

  • Herbs and spices, such as cinnamon sticks, bay leaves or dried rosemary, have been known to naturally repel silverfish. Placing these herbs and spices around your home will begin to repel silverfish, but it is not proven to kill them.
  • A method that will make silverfish dry up and die is contact with diatomaceous earth. This is a crushed rock substance that will kill off silverfish. Just sprinkle it around the problem areas and watch them vanish.

When to call a pest control company for silverfish control

Since these pests are so small, they can be hard to find during the day time. A professional pest control company will help you find these pests and get them out. Pest control companies have chemical treatments and other ways to take action quickly.

Silverfish can seem uncontrollable, especially after trying natural DIY pest control. While these methods may temporarily work, these pests do not give up. The best option is to contact a professional pest control company like Apple Pest Control. Our trained professionals will combat your silverfish problem and have these little monsters gone for good. Contact Apple Pest Control San Antonio to say goodbye to the silverfish in your home.

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