In the winter months, you will likely start to see an increase in pests around the home. As the cold weather sets in many insects, along with other pests, start to find a warm place to hide. Unfortunately they don’t care whether that place is currently occupied. Below you’ll discover the top 5 winter pests and how you can get rid of them.
1. Mice and Rats
Out of all pests mice and rats are one of the most common; particularly in winter. They cause a number of problems. Not only are they unhygienic, but they can also cause a lot of damage. Wood or field mice are common in the colder months and they will easily find their way inside the house. Rats on the other hand are more likely to live in outbuildings or your garden. There are a number of ways to eliminate these pests. Traps are the most common. If you aren’t a fan of killing rodents then there are humane traps you can invest in. If there are a lot of them then you could also consider using a pest control company.
In winter there is a lot less sunlight and the nights get darker a lot quicker. This leads to problems with moths. They are often found in wardrobes where they are able to survive in cold weather. The larvae eat your clothes along with any other fabric they can get to. Keep windows closed at night, particularly if you have lights on. Also check the wardrobe for any signs of moths and larvae.
You will often see a massive increase in the amount of spiders sharing your home in winter. However, while they may look scary they do have one advantage. They will help to control any flying pests you have in winter. They will also try to stay out of your way as they aren’t as brave as you think. It is difficult to control spiders as they can squeeze into tiny cracks. Having someone brave put them outside for you could be a good option.
4. Bed bugs
They may be small, but bed bugs can cause a lot of misery. If you find yourself itching a lot and you have unexplainable marks on your body, you could have a bed bug infestation. They leave behind brownish marks on bedding due to their droppings. You will need professional pest removal services to eliminate this problem.
5. Carpet beetles
If you thought moths were bad, you haven’t seen anything until you have come across the damage caused by Carpet beetles. Again it is the larvae that cause the damage to fabrics. They often find their way into homes and live indoors until spring where they venture back out. Professional pest control services are the best way to deal with these pests. These are just 5 of the top pests found in winter. While you can eliminate some of them yourself, if the infestation is bad, it is highly recommended you use professional pest control services to not only curb the problem now but also prevent similar infestations in future.
Mark Stanford is an Area Manager for one of the leading pest control companies in London and the South East-Empire Pest Control Ltd. Mark has many years of experience in the industry and likes to offer advice on how people can avoid pest infestations throughout the different seasons.