Pest Control News

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Seasonal Pest Problems

Seasonal Pest Problems

The month of December is always a busy time of year. Buying Christmas presents and food shopping, parties and putting up the tree. Most of us tend to store our winter clothes and Christmas decorations in the loft, garage or shed, only to be dug out in December (or November for you early birds) which gives pests the prime opportunity to make nice little nests as the weather turns colder before then. Below are some of the pests you are most likely to see during the festive season. 

Rats
You are most likely to hear rats scratching around as they make their nests. They have exceptionally strong teeth which means they are able to chew through a variety of materials. So the plastic boxes with your clothes stored in or the cardboard box that you store your Christmas tree in are easily accessible to them. Rats need access to water to survive as well as food. Typically, you will find them in the shed or garage as they have access to water sources through drains outside. They will venture indoors in search for food and also warmth.

Mice
Mice tend to be most active at night-time. They are extremely inquisitive and enjoy exploring their surroundings. Interestingly, they are able to survive for long periods of time on little water and food. They are smaller in size compared to rats. However, like rats, if left to their own devices, they can not only cause considerable damage, but can reproduce very quickly. They will chew through plastic, cardboard, bags etc to further explore their immediate surroundings or to create soft nesting by shredding cardboard and paper. Mice are good climbers so they can easily make their way between floors in your home.

Fleas
Fleas are a nightmare if they are able to make themselves at home in your house. They can be transported into your home through many different ways; pets’ fur, infested second-hand furniture, and even plants. If you find an adult flea, chances are there are many flea eggs in and around your home. Fleas are able to reproduce rapidly and can cause distress if they are able to feed on blood. Although their bites do not hurt, they do become itchy. So if your pet is scratching more often, or you are finding little red bites on your skin, you could have a flea problem. 

Like all other pests; the warmth, food sources and water our human homes can provide are very inviting. 

Remember, help is at hand, no matter what time of year!