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Thursday, 7 January 2016

Enjoy winter and the New Year, without inviting in unwanted pest guests…

Enjoy winter and the New Year, without inviting in unwanted pest guests…

Winter is a time of enjoying frosty morning and evenings by the fire. It is the time to look forward to the festive season and all that it brings…
It sounds idyllic. However, winter can also be grey, damp, dank and full of rainy days and gale force winds. The problem with winter is that it can be the time of year when some pest problems escalate from non-existent to infestation in a blink of an eye. 
Understanding when and why pests could potentially become a problem is one tool in attempting to prevent a problem becoming worse. 
Snow
Who doesn’t love a good dollop of the fluffy white snow? Great for hours of sledging fun, hilarious snowball fights and whole families of snowmen in front gardens across the country.
However, in the UK with the first flurries of snow falling from the sky, most major arterial routes grind to a halt. A severe dollop of snow can cause gridlock and also stop basic services such as rubbish and recycling collections.
The problem with this is obvious – rubbish starts to accumulate and with many local authorities also recycling food waste and so on, the piles of recycling and refuse make obvious feeding places for many different pests including rats, mice and a great breeding ground for various insects too. 
Foxes also enjoy rummaging through bins and so on, causing a nuisance rather than posing a health risk as rodents do to human health. 
The solution? Make sure all bins and recycling containers have a close fitting lid, weighting the lid down if necessary. If you can, and it is safe to do so, take rubbish to the local recycling centre if possible. 
Rain and flooding
Just like us, the majority of pests enjoying living in a place that is safe, warm and secure from predators or things that want to hurt us or damage our home. In most cases, pests don’t want to share their home with us, just as we don’t want to share our home with them.
Unfortunately, the weather can mean that some animals and rodents are displaced from their homes due to heavy rain and floods and thus, they seek a new or temporary one. In some cases, outbuildings, garages, sheds, our homes and so on make perfect places to create a new home. For us, however, it can be a bit of a nuisance. 
Rats and mice chew everything in sight, as well as leading a trail or urine and droppings that can be dangerous to human health if inadvertently ingested. 
Squirrels can also be a little perturbed by poor weather, preferring the sanctuary offered by a roof space than the local woodland.
The solution? Make sure, as far as possible, that any holes or gaps that a rodent, bird and so on could use as an entry/exit point is blocked!!! Squirrels, for example, can squeeze into a space through a hole only fractionally larger than their head thus, even the smallest holes need to be sealed. 
SOS Pest Control specialise in identifying potential entry points for all rodents and insects, so if you have a concern please give us a call today and we can provide a free, no obligation quote and assessment.
Winter can be a time of crystal clear, cold blue skies and roaring fires but, make sure your home, cellars and so on are pest proof too by calling us today.