Pest Problems in Winter Weather

It’s getting later in the year, it’s frosty out of doors and we’re trying to hide inside for warmth. But we’re certainly not the only ones. Insects and pests are much more readily associated with the milder weather of summer, but it’s when it gets cold that a lot of the troubles begin. Mice, rats and even some insects need to stay warm and your nice, comfortable, centrally heated house is just the kind of place to find it.

Rodent infestations increase dramatically in the autumn and winter months, and contrary to popular belief they can occur in both towns and the countryside. Rats and mice are attracted to sources of food just as much as heat and the large quantities of rubbish present in towns and cities such as London mean there is certainly plenty available for them there. A simple technique to lessen the probability of infestation is to be sure your junk isn’t left out for days or else is placed in a safe bin. Otherwise, the rats will find it, start mating and you might 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 mammals, odours are essential to their survival, since they use their urine to mark out territory, objects and paths. One can deter rodents by laying strong scents. Mothballs are a regular and effective choice, however the potent scent may become unpleasant for we humans as well.Thus it’s a solution more suitable to out-of-the way spots which are liable to infestation, such as attics, cellars and garden sheds or even caravans and campers which might be left uninhabited over the winter months.

Wasps are normally a summer problem, but the recent hot weather means that quite a few wasps are remaining active much later than is usual. Those nests that remain out in the open will be unlikely to survive the first frost, but those inside - hidden away in attics, sheds or barns - might make it through into late October and early November. The new queen will normally have left the nest at the end of the summer, but those wasps left behind continue to look for food. Like many 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 are also at their most dangerous at this time of the year; because the search for food gets more and more difficult, the insects will become more and more aggressive. Like mice and rats you can minimise the chances of you attracting wasps by not leaving food out for longer than is necessary. If there are only one or two wasps about, a trap may very well be sufficient to deal with them, though the best strategy is to simply wait for them to fly away.

Winter brings its very own problems when it comes to unwanted pests, but to be informed is to be prepared. You can find any number of small, preventative measures you can take to ward off pest infestations, but don't forget that treating an established colony directly is a problem that should be left to the professionals. And remember, it might not just be you who’s keeping warm in your home this winter.


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