Pest Problems in Autumn and Winter Weather

Many pests will try to find warmth inside in the autumn and winter seasons. Mice, rats and in some cases wasps may cause all kinds of problems when they enter your house looking for heat and food. Here, we explain the key reason why pest infestations occur, where they can typically be found and some steps you can take to prevent them happening

It’s getting later in the year, it’s very cold out in the open and we’re disappearing inside for warmth. And we’re not the only ones. Insects and unwanted pests are generally more readily associated with the hotter weather of summer and spring, but it’s when it gets cold that a lot of the problems begin. Mice, rats and even some insects will want to stay warm and your nice, comfortable, centrally heated house is just the sort of place to find it.

Rodent infestations increase dramatically in the the fall and winter months, and contrary to popular belief they can happen in both towns and the countryside. Rats and mice are attracted to sources of food as much as heat and the massive quantities of garbage present in towns and cities such as London mean there’s plenty available for them there. A simple strategy to lower the likelihood of infestation is to make sure your waste isn’t left out for days on end or otherwise is kept in a safe bin. Otherwise, the mice will find it, start breeding and you may very quickly find a rodent infestation on your hands.

Mice and rats possess a sense of smell many times as strong as a human’s. Like many animals, odours are crucial to their survival, since they use their urine to mark out territory, objects and pathways. You therefore deter rodents by laying down strong smells. Mothballs are a common and effective choice, however the strong aroma can also be unpleasant for we human beings as well.Consequently it’s a treatment most suitable to out-of-the way locations that are liable to infestation, such as attics, cellars and sheds or perhaps caravans and campers which might be left uninhabited in the winter.

Wasps are usually a summer problem, but the recent warm weather means many wasps are remaining active significantly longer than is normal. Those nests that remain outdoors are unlikely to survive the first frost, but those inside – hidden away in attics, garden sheds or barns – might survive into late October and November. The new queen will have left the nest after the summer, but those wasps left behind continue to look for food. Like most of us, they can end up getting a bit tipsy as Christmas draws near, as often the only food available is rotting fruit that has begun to ferment. Having said that, many wasps may also be at their most dangerous at this time of the year; because the search for food gets difficult, the insects can become aggressive. Like mice and rats you can minimise your chances of attracting wasps by not leaving food out for longer than is necessary. If there are only one or two wasps about, a trap may be sufficient to take care of them, though the best strategy is to simply wait for them to fly away.

Winter brings its own challenges in regards to infestations, but to be informed is to be prepared. One can find any number of small, preventative measures you can take to ward off pest infestations, but don’t forget that tackling an established colony head on is a problem that is better left to the professionals. And remember, it might not just be you who’s keeping warm in your home this winter.

Skilled, polite and reliable pest control for mice infestations can be supplied by the London-based firm Terminex, a fully certified member of the British Pest Control Association. They provide numerous commercial and domestic services for dealing with unwanted infestations throughout the year.

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