Winter and pest control in the home!
There is no doubt that winter is prime pest season. Just as humans prefer to stay indoors for warmth, icy conditions tend to drive rodents inside where it is warmer and there is a greater supply of food.
In previous years, when major snowfall had disrupted rubbish bin collections, winter rodent problems had escalated all over the country.
As they say, you can’t always predict the weather and there is no telling what the winter will bring, including a host of fury neighbours. All we can suggest is to take extra precautions in rodent proofing your home.
Warm and furry coats aside, rodents such as mice, squirrels and rats prefer to break into cosy warm homes and buildings during the cold winter months, according to Victor Pest.
These unwelcome houseguests are not here to share the winter festivities with you. Rodents carry a host of nasty diseases if they are allowed to contaminate food. A kitchen infestation is a severe health risk as rats can carry diseases such as; Salmonella, Hantavirus and Leptospirosis, all of which carry quite horrible side effects and in the worst cases, they can even be fatal.
Beyond rodents, other pests will often appear in homes more in the winter. This includes, spiders, ants and cockroaches. The size of insects makes them more challenging to expel. However, as long as you take the necessary precautions, rodent and pest infestation can often be avoided.
Keep the rodents out and the warmth in
- Be sure to check all of the seals around your window frames and external doors. Even the smallest of gaps can present an opportunity for pests such as mice and insects. Not to mention the variety of insects looking for warmer climates.
- Any loose mortar around the foundation of a building must be replaced and strengthened, as rodents such as rats are capable of gnawing through concrete.
- All external walls must be thoroughly checked. Any holes or cracks measuring above 65mm will need to be filled, to prevent mice from wiggling their way through. All holes can be filled with general filler such as Polyfilla.
- Some larger holes may need to be reinforced by a sheet metal covering or with a durable metal mesh.
- Check openings formed around pipes that enter the home. Particularly kitchen gas-lines. These small spaces can let the heat out and the pests in. These need to be checked and filled. Water piping must be covered with a tight-fitting metal grill or a rodent cover.
- Vents must be covered and may require an insect screen to be fitted.
- Loose debris and shrubbery can look like an appealing nest location for mice, so make sure all shrubbery is kept short to expose any rodent nests and all firewood must be stored at least 20 feet from a home, and preferably off the ground.
Kitchen sanitation is important if there is a potential rodent infestation. All work surfaces must be wiped down with an antibacterial before use. Food must not be left exposed and should be kept in sealed plastic bags.
Pet food bowls certainly shouldn’t be left outside. If they are kept inside, they should not be left on the floor for extended periods of time. The smell of dog and cat food can attract unwanted pests. It is better to remove the bowls once the food is consumed. You must also be wary that feeding birds can also attract rodents. If you have a potential rodent problem, it is not recommended to leave food loosely on the ground near to the home.
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