pest-control-winter-guide

Pests in the Winter Season

So, as we move into the winter season, it’s important to be wary of how pests will congregate and gather in buildings to escape cold weather and storms.

As a pest control company, we are always looking to make sure people understand how pests work, so they can take some preventative measures where possible, which is why we are going to be talking about what you need to know about pests in the winter.

Gaps and Damage Are Your Enemy

You may have spotted a tiny crack in the wall of your home during the summer and thought that you’ll get around to fixing it. However, you didn’t, and now it has come back to bite you in the winter.

Storm damage can make these gaps and cracks much wider, exposing part of your home to the elements. This isn’t usually a big problem, because you can just fix the damage, but when pests get involved, the situation becomes more complicated.

If the bad weather forces a crack to become an opening, then pests like insects and small rodents will use this as an opportunity to seek shelter from the storm by hiding in the walls or underneath your home. When this happens, they will quickly begin to build a nest, and in some cases, reproduce.

Food and Dirt Makes Pests Braver

Something else that you need to understand about pests is that things like food and dirt and debris will make them much braver. Generally speaking, wild animals and pests are often quite cautious of human areas, because they know that they will be found and removed. They’re more scared of you than you are of them, so they usually don’t go anywhere near you. However, if there is constantly food left out on the premises, or it’s very dirty and untidy, this can make animals much bolder. They’re more likely to come and investigate what’s available because they think that they might have a chance.

You have to remember that in the winter, the chance of survival for everything is much lower. Most animals will be searching desperately for a safe food source, which means that they are more willing to take risks to avoid going hungry.
Regular Pest Control Can Help

Ultimately, the best thing that you can do is invest in regular pest control. It’s important to try and understand the behavioural patterns of pests in order to make small decisions when it comes to controlling measures. We are more than happy to help provide support over the winter, but it is important to understand how these creatures work.

Desperation is a very powerful force, and it can drive animals to be much more willing to take risks if they think that they will survive. Furthermore, most animals will take full opportunity of a relatively safe shelter to settle in and try and survive the winter. With this in mind, it’s important to therefore try and focus on preventative measures like reinforcing any damage or not leaving food lying around.