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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.

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The Keys to Winter Pest Control

The Keys to Winter Pest Control

When it comes to the winter, we have to be careful to make sure that pest control does not get out of hand. It’s easy for pests to make a temporary home in your building over the winter, regardless of whether it’s just your house or your business. In either case, it’s not good.

Preparing for winter pest control is quite easy because in one sense all that you have to do is hire a professional. However, in another sense, you need to make sure that you are taking proactive steps to guarantee your building is protected. Let’s take a look at some of the steps that you should think about.

Seal All Existing Cracks and Holes

When it comes to your home, even a small gap is enough for pests to enter. If you want to avoid this, then you’ll need to think about how you’re going to seal up the holes before they can get in. Do a full inspection of your property at the ground level, and keep an eye out for gaps, holes, cracks and other miscellaneous damage. 

These are all places where rodents, small mammals and insects can enter your property. If you want to keep them out, make sure to board them up or get them filled in properly. You should also make sure that you replace any damaged doors or windows, and check ventilation covers – if they become damaged, animals can easily enter through them.

Store Firewood With Care

Owning firewood is a normal part of most homes because owning a fire is a pretty solid investment. However, you might not know that when it comes to your life, instead of taking the time to stack it in the home, you should keep it away from your living area, if only just a little.

Your firewood stack should have, ideally, little-to-no connection to the wall of your house. Lots of insects can make their homes in this part of your wall and cause you quite a bit of trouble, so if you want to avoid this problem, you’ll need to make sure that you keep it separate. It is also always a good idea to do a proper inspection of your firewood to make sure it is safe to use.

Keep the Garden Tidy 

Where possible, the objective for any concerned home or business owner that wants to keep their property safe from the threat of oncoming pests is to make sure that they’ve put proper time and investment into making sure the garden is clean and tidy. It can make such a big difference and so many people don’t even think about it, which is ridiculous. 

If your property has a garden space, you need to strip it back and keep it tidy during the winter. It can otherwise become a breeding ground for all the bugs, rodents and other little creatures that call the space their home, and you won’t want that. 

No Rubbish, No Worries

Rubbish is sadly one of the biggest contributors to pest problems because it builds up and up without being stopped. It’s a major headache, and it is easily avoided – just pick up after yourself and make sure visitors do the same.

It shouldn’t take too long to invest in a litter picker, and if you’re a big business, you’ll want a proper rubbish policy and bins to go along with it. It makes a world of difference in keeping the creepy crawlies and rodents off the property, so don’t sleep on the idea. 

Pest Control – Solves All Your Problems

Pest control is a viable way to deal with the threat of a pest problem and it helps to get rid of your issue instantly. We’re happy to work with you to deal with a pest problem because we understand how important it can be to get the best results. As trained specialists, we know that removing a pest issue quickly can prevent the buildup of future problems. Furthermore, we specialise in humane pest removal, so there is no harm caused to any of the creatures that we remove from your property. It is definitely worth considering if you need to deal with a pest problem.

Act Before Winter Comes

If you really want to prevent the pest control problem from building up over the winter, you need to start taking measures to prevent it now. There are many things you can do to prepare for the winter season, and that includes things like working with a pest control company and speaking to the right people to get the garden sorted out, or have any cracks and entrances boarded up.

If you don’t want this to be a big problem, then deal with it early. You will be very glad that you did because trying to solve the problem in the middle of winter is much more difficult.

Final Thoughts 

So, regardless of whether you are a homeowner, or a business owner, the ways that you can prepare for the oncoming winter are much the same. It’s all about taking the time to figure out what would be best for you and committing to getting the right options for your needs.

We are happy to help you figure out exactly what options you have available for pest control. There are plenty of different things that you can do, and it is important to explore all of your options. 

Pest control is a vital part of the winter season, but many businesses do not prepare for it in the right way. The best thing that you can do is to make sure that you explore every possible option, and that you consider all of the different choices that you have available.

If you are unsure of what to do, please feel free to speak to us.

We would be happy to work with you to make sure that your business is ready for the winter, and we can be available for you whenever a problem arises.