Do you look forward to stepping into a cosy, warm home each night? You’re not the only one. Whilst most people assume pest infestations are likely throughout the summer, animals and insects actually seek shelter, warmth and food sources for survival during the winter months – and that makes your home the perfect target!
To show you why it is important to stay on top of your pest control all year through, we have listed some of the most common pests found in winter.
Common Pest Infestations Discovered During Winter
Winter Objectives: Mice and rats are scavengers, which means they are always on the hunt for food. So particularly in winter when natural food sources are scarce, they like to enter homes in search for their next meal. Your house is also a great place to keep their growing family nice and warm.
Disruption: Rodents rapidly multiply, there are never only one, always male and female. Breeding rats can quickly turn into a cast of the nutcracker. They have an awful habit of gnawing through materials in the home, such as wires and cardboard. If electrical appliances and wires are damaged, they can potentially spark electrical fires in the home. Rodents also carry bacteria in their fur, which can contaminate your home and spread diseases to its inhabitants. And let’s not even get started on the annoyance of finding chewed up cereal boxes …
Winter Objectives: Although these ugly looking creatures certainly look like they belong outside, they like to live in small, enclosed areas surrounded by plenty of food, moisture and warmth. Cockroaches also breed in the winter, meaning a small infestation can quickly become a big problem.
Disruption: Cockroaches contaminate food and surfaces as they move around the home. They are known for aggravating asthmatic symptoms, allergies and spreading bacteria, which can quickly transmit to humans and pets – Yuk!