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Common Winter Pest Problems

By |November 22nd, 2020|

People often think that pests are less of a problem during the winter months. While we’re unlikely to see wasps flying around or ants crawling over our food, pests are still an issue at this time of year for a number of reasons.

Firstly, there are several troublesome creatures which are still active during the colder months. Secondly, it’s not uncommon for pests to make their way into our homes during the autumn and then hibernate in a quiet corner until spring.

Below we highlight common winter pest problems so you know what to look out for.

Moles

Moles are a nuisance for any gardener. As well as destroying your beautiful lawn and flowerbeds, they don’t hibernate and are therefore active all year round.

You’re more likely to notice moles in winter due to the fact that they work closer to the surface at this time of year. Prokill uses licensed fumigants in accordance to CRRU regulations to effectively control outbreaks.

Think you might have a mole infestation? Here are the signs to look out for and what you can do about it.

Squirrels

While many of us enjoy seeing squirrels while we’re out walking, they can be a nuisance because they like to build nests in warm places such as lofts and chimneys. When they gain access to your house, they can then chew through water pipes and electric cables, causing significant damage and potentially even fires.

There are two types of squirrel in the UK – the native red squirrel and the grey squirrel. Neither hibernate during winter because they don’t have the capacity to store the energy they would need to do so.

Find out what the signs of a squirrel infestation are and how to eradicate the problem quickly and effectively.

Foxes

Not only do you get foxes in winter, they’re at their most vocal at this time of year. While their loud screams can be alarming, they’re simply making these noises because it’s their mating season.

As well as hearing them, you’re also more likely to see a fox during winter because they become braver as they struggle to find their own food. They’re more likely to head to urban areas during the colder months as they search for food and shelter. These creatures are particularly drawn to gardens, compost heaps, bird tables and garden buildings. Find out more about foxes and how to prevent them making your home theirs.

Rabbits

Rabbits are active all year-round and you’re actually more likely to notice them during winter. Like most other creatures at this time, they’re in desperate search of food as supplies become increasingly scarce in nature.

If you have a nice food supply in your garden, rabbits are likely to make themselves at home. They will also be on the lookout for somewhere warm, dry and safe to shelter so you may spot them hiding under thick bushes and trees, by solid fences and anything else potential predators can’t see through.

Find out more about rabbits and how to prevent an infestation.

Rodents

Rats and mice are unfortunately a common winter pest. It’s cold outside which means that their food supply is drying up and they want to head inside where it’s warm and there’s plenty for them to eat.

Although they’re often portrayed as brazen animals, rodents will generally try to avoid human contact. You’re most likely to find them hidden in dark, undisturbed places such as the loft, garage, shed, under floorboards, inside walls and underneath furniture or inside cupboards that aren’t used very often.

Rats and mice can be very destructive and their numbers multiply rapidly so it’s important to deal with infestations quickly.

If you’re concerned that you may have a winter pest infestation, please don’t hesitate to contact us for your free, no obligation quote.

How to deal with winter rodent infestations

By |November 14th, 2020|

There’s good news and bad news about rodents during the winter months. The good news is that as the temperature starts to cool, it signifies the end of their breeding season. The bad news however, is that as the colder air draws in and food supplies dry up, rodents will do anything they can to make their way into our homes, out buildings and office premises.

While they usually make their way back outside once spring arrives, it’s highly unlikely that you want to share your living or workspace with rodents in the meantime. Below we share everything you need to know about dealing with winter infestations.

What are the signs of a rodent infestation?

It’s a good idea to keep an eye out for signs of rats and mice. By keeping on top of this, you can catch rodent infestations before they spiral out of control.

• Droppings
• An unusual odour (similar to urine or a damp, musky smell)
• Holes in materials that weren’t there before
• Nests
• Scratching noises, especially at night
• Gnaw marks on furniture or tracks on the floor or skirting boards
• Footprints. You can test this by sprinkling flour or talcum powder in the areas you think they’re frequenting. It’s better to do this at night because rodents are more likely to venture out when nobody is around
• If your pet is putting its nose inside crevices for longer and more often than usual or they’re suddenly constantly on the hunt for something, it could be because you have rodents in the house

How to keep rodents out of your home

The best way to prevent rats and mice entering your home is to make it as difficult as possible for them. Keep windows and doors closed, fill any potential entry points no matter how small they are and trim branches that hang over your roof. Rats are surprisingly good climbers and can make their way inside through the roof.

It’s also worth checking the less obvious entry points such as behind kitchen cabinets, gaps between windows and doors and around vents and pipes. If you do notice gaps, make sure they’re filled or blocked off.

If you have a cat flap, ensure it’s one where only your pet can gain access through a special collar.

Don’t make your home an inviting place for unwanted guests. If there’s an easy food supply, you can guarantee rodents will do everything they can to get inside. Remove food sources by storing products in containers rather than packets which are easy to get into, make sure rubbish is secured in bins with a tight-fitting lid, clean up food spills immediately and hoover regularly.

Few of us are keen gardeners during the winter months but an unkempt garden can lure rodents in. Make sure toys and furniture are stored away, leaves are raked up and thrown away and overgrown bushes are trimmed because they can provide shelter. If you keep firewood, store it away from your home because rodents can hide in there and then make their way inside when the opportunity arises.

For further information about dealing with winter rodent infestations or to book in for a free, no obligation pest control audit, get in touch with Prokill today.