As wintertime approaches, all of the pests that made their home in your backyard or neighborhood all spring, summer, and fall will be looking for someplace warmer to go. If you aren’t careful, that could be your home! Check out our list to learn about the most common wintertime pests, and why it’s important to deal with them sooner than later!
Any homeowner with a chimney can attest to this; if you don’t put a chimney cap on it, you will most certainly have a bat or bird in the house at some point. Bats and birds, both warm-blooded animals, will try to squeeze into any nook or cranny in your home to stay warm in the winter time. It could be your chimney or attic, but it could also be inside a mounted exterior light. Be sure that your roof area is sealed to keep these flying pests out.
Probably the most common wintertime pest, mice and rats need a minuscule opening to find their way into your home. Just as with bats and birds, it is important to prevent these pests from coming into your home by blocking off potential points of entry. If they have already managed to find their way inside, then your best bet, short of hiring an exterminator, is to make sure all food and water is stored securely. If they cannot find a consistent food source, they may move on from your home.
Just like Mice and Rats, Squirrels and Chipmunks will look for a warm, dry place to go in the winter time and that may just be your attic. While chipmunks tend to build underground nests, if they can find a way into your attic, they will most certainly take a warm, convenient option instead of digging a burrow. Be sure to cap your chimneys, check your fascia boards and rakes for any structural damage, and clear away any large shrubs or branches from near your home. This will discourage the pests from taking up residence.
These pests, in addition to a variety of bugs, like fleas or bedbugs, should be dealt with as soon as they are discovered. All of these pests can carry diseases and, in the case of rats and mice, are likely to leave a mess in your home from digging through your cabinets and leaving behind droppings. You should attempt to deal with a pest problem as soon as its discovered, as leaving it for another day could leave you with an infestation. That is why you should contact Absolut Pest Control today for more information about us and our available services.