Pest Control News

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Winter-time pests: can you afford to relax?


Many people assume that pests are only really a problem in the warmer summer months. In some ways, this is true; food is plentiful and the breeding season usually starts in the warmer months of spring through to the golden days of autumn.
However, this does not mean that the winter months are barren months when it comes to pests.

·       Flies
Many people assume that flies and other insects like fleas and cockroaches for example, die out during the winter months, only to mysteriously re-emerge in the spring. The truth is they don’t die, but simply wait the cold months out somewhere warm – like your home.

There is however, a natural predator but the eight legged insect is by far the most feared and unpopular insect here in the UK. The spiders native to our shores are not venomous and so if you can, why not let it roam around, doing its thing and eating all those flies and other little critters?

·       Mice
Cute and cuddly in the pet shop, mice in the home can cause us many problems, from spreading disease to chewing everything in sight. With enough food around, mice can have a litter a month, not something you want to hear if you have mice in the garage or the basement.

Like many animals, mice like to have somewhere warm and cosy to live – just like us – and our homes make for perfect place.
As well as taking various preventative measures, you can also lay traps, including live ones so you can release the mice back to where they should be or you can also lay poison. However, with the latter, it is always preferable to get a professional pest controller to do this.

·       Rats
There is a saying that a human is no more than 6 feet away from a rat – or is it 10 feet? Needless to say, no one really knows how many rats are in the UK at any one time, or how close they are to us in terms of proximity.

Like mice, they enjoy the warmth and security of our homes, along with the abundance of food close-by – your bin is a great place for a meal for the rat. They spread disease, however, as they are constantly urinating, as well as a huge amount of damage. As winter sets in, be vigilant for rats.

·       Wasps
Commonly associated with summer, the winter months are when the mated queen buzzes around looking for somewhere warm and safe to hibernate. When the depths of winter have passed and spring arrives, these queens spring into action building a nest.

Make sure any damage to soffits, facia boards, sheds and so on is repaired to prevent them from entering. And, if you find what looks like a dead wasp, it may actually just be asleep. A dead wasp will be curled, but a hibernating wasp will be lying straight, as if it is having a rest
Winter is the time that many animals, insects and rodents hibernate but, they can still cause us a problem or two.