Pest Control News

Monday, 25 January 2016

Winter pest proofing – something our experts can do!

Winter pest proofing – something our experts can do!

Just when you thought there was no more bad news to be had this year, being told that mice can squeeze through a gap as small as a five pence piece will probably make you wonder if there is anything that you can do to ward of the infestation of winter pests that are marching towards your property due to the winter climate conditions.
The answer is that there are several things that you can do to make your home and outbuildings as pest-proofed as possible. Follow our 5-point guide to avoid sharing your home with common pests…
  1. Cracks and holes – they all need sealing but if you think there are none, take another walk around your property. Small gaps around waste pipes are all small enough for rodents to climb through as well as pesky critters such as spiders and ants (although ants won’t be a problem until the warmer spring weather). Use caulk, cement or expandable foam. There are also a range of other suitable sealants but make sure you use the right one. If unsure it's best to give us a call.
  2. Chimneys – not a usual source of entry IF you have a real fire which you use on a regular basis throughout the winter. But, if you don’t use it all, then capping the chimney is perfect for keeping off nesting birds. The birds themselves are a nuisance but can also cause fleas and other tiny bugs to find their way into your home. 
Top tip – store fire wood a few metres away from your home and off the ground to keep it as bug free as possible. 
  1. Under doors – we all know that gaps under doors are bad for letting in cold air and all that lovely warm air in our home is lost to the outside but, it is also the perfect way for tiny insects to make their way in. As soon as temperatures tumble, spiders look for somewhere warm and relatively safe to have their babies, having mated in the autumn. So, get those draught excluders fitted to the bottom of the door and seal those gaps! And don’t forget, a ¼ inch gap is room enough for a mouse to squeeze through too. 
  2. Get gardening – it might not be your favourite place in winter but, the warmer months of summer and spring, including autumn can be the perfect time to lop back overhanging trees and prune bushes and so on. Having them too near the house provides shelter for all kinds of pests to make their way around your property unseen and unchallenged. Clearing some of this shrubbery back means that pests are also pushed away from your property. 
  3. Ventilation – on one hand, we are told to make our homes not only pest proof but more energy efficient, but on the other hand our homes need to be ventilated so that they stay dry. Clearly, sealing up vents and so force is not the right move for the interior of your property. Chicken wire or mesh over the top of the vent can make it harder for some pests to gain entry such as mice and, for the loft space, prevent bats and squirrels making their way in. 
  4. Call SOS Pest Control - We have years of experience in finding potential pest problems and proofing against them. We offer friendly helpful services at an affordable price, so call us today on 07879 473298.