Pest Control News

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

How to Manage Winter Pests

You’ve just successfully navigated summer and the wasps, the bees and the flies. You breathe a sigh of relief, assuming that with the chill of winter, everything magically disappears or hibernates.
But if you think the sting in the tail of the wasp or the hungry ants that invade your kitchen are a problem, say hello to some common winter pests.

Spiders

Whether you have a deep-seated phobia of arachnids or not, the thought of sharing your home with spiders is not a welcome one. With long legs and oddly shaped abdomens, as well as their ability to have thousands and thousands of young, spiders make their way into your home in late autumn for a few reasons: in search of a mate, to find a cosy place to see out the winter and a safe place to have their young.
Spiders don’t eat us and in the UK, we are blessed with none-dangerous spiders in that a bite from a native spider won’t kill you. And so, allowing them in your home means all the other pesky insects – like flies – are caught and devoured by the spider.
But if you really can’t stand spiders or you have so many you are infested, then give the team a call.
Quick Tips for Less Spider Nightmares
·      Catch the spider in a glass, blocking it in with a piece of card – put the spider outside in the garden to scuttle off and find a new home.
·      Vacuum everything – in late autumn especially, if you think spider eggs could be a problem. And check pot plants for eggs and spider babies too.

Rodents

Yup, rats and mice like to be warm and cosy just like we do and our homes are simply perfect for them. But they not only chew everything in sight, they breed constantly and spread bacterium on every surface they touch.
Laying poison is not an option, especially as pets, non-target wildlife and children could get hold of it. Live traps are also not an option and unless you are really not squeamish, trapping and killing rodents is not much fun either.
Quick Tips for Less Rodent Nightmares
·      Seal crevices and holes in walls etc.
·      Remove rubbish and other food and nesting sources
·      Keep bins covered with tight-fitting lids

Squirrels

Active all year round, the grey squirrel is not native to the UK, but it is more robust than the native red squirrel so has effectively colonised woodland across the country. They prefer trees and forests but occasionally, they become a little confused and like the idea of settling in an attic.
The problem is, they gnaw at everything and they are noisy, scrambling about at all times of night and day. Trapping and releasing grey squirrels is not an option – it is illegal, actually.

No quick tips here: just call our expert pest control team.