Winter splits opinion somewhat. Some hate it, others love it, but whatever your feelings towards the country’s coldest season, one thing’s for sure – it significantly affects the behaviour of several notorious pests.
Here, we’re giving you four different pests to look out for over the winter season. If you do spot any of the following tell-tale signs, we would strongly advise that you get in touch with the team at Enviropest.
Rats and Mice
Food and warmth are much harder to come by in winter, so these rodents will often venture inside looking for a handy combination of both. If you’re seeing any holes nibbled in the side of your food/ food packaging, there’s a high possibility that one of these critters is responsible.
They’re certainly more common in the summer, but have been known to seek out the warmth of indoors during the winter months. Hospitals can be very heavily affected by these dirt-spreading insects, so any signs should be acted upon immediately.
Watch out for odd smells, droppings, and shed skins. Chances are, though, you’ll spot one in the flesh before you notice any giveaway signs.
Squirrels may have slightly better ‘PR’ than some of the other pests on this list, but they can be just as destructive. They can wreak havoc in your loft and are notoriously tricky to remove, so it’s important that you deal with the problem as soon as you find it.
Squirrels do tend to give the game away if they’re hiding away in your loft – they’re not exactly quiet – but droppings, scratches, and obvious entry points can all help you work out what’s taken up residence in your home. Seek professional help if you suspect you may have squirrels; we’d advise that you do the same for everything on this list, but it’s especially important with these guys.
Wasps may be traditionally associated with summer and Pimms, but they can still cause problems during the colder months. Queens begin building their nests over winter, and they need somewhere warm to hibernate. If you’d rather avoid uncovering a fully blown wasp nest when you first get the lawnmower out of your shed, have your sheds and loft checked during winter.
It’s really all about access. If pests can’t get in, they can’t cause you any trouble. Seal up any potential access points, even if you think a hole/ entrance looks too small – you’d be amazed to find out just how good some rodents are at squeezing through seemingly impossible gaps!
Make your property less attractive by keeping your bins clean (yes, we know, but just don’t let them become too disgusting) and any food stored safely away.
Once again, it’s 0121 693 6616 for Enviropest. Do not hesitate to give us a call if you have any suspicions at all.