As pest controllers there are many different services we deliver, some of them are all year-round issues and others are specific to the winter months. The following is a list of the eight most common pests that could cause you a problem during the winter months.
- Garden Moles
- Clothes Moth
- Bed Bugs
- Cluster Fly
Rats and Mice.
I have grouped these two together as their intentions are the same. During the winter months both mice and rats want to get out of the cold. They are burrowers and during the other seasons they are happy to live in the ground or any other place they have set up home. However, the winter rain and cold weather will drive them to hard warm cover. This may be your home or workplace. They are easily identifiable if they get in as you will see or hear signs of activity. If this happens then we recommend you act fast before they multiply in quantity. Any professional pest control company like Pest-Tech should be able to give you advice or help with removing the problem.
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Garden Moles may not seem like much of a pest problem, however if you speak to anyone who has had a mole problem you will soon see how serious it can get. A single mole can ruin a garden in days if left untreated. This is not good news if you are an avid gardener. It is a common problem and there is only one way to successfully get rid of them and that’s by trapping.
When I talk about birds, the main culprit is the common pigeon. They always try to nest somewhere they shouldn’t. A common pigeon problem we receive is pigeons nesting under solar panels. This frequent occurrence arises because the solar panels protect them from predators and bad weather. |It’s the ideal place for them to set up home. We move them on by fitting a mesh barrier in place to move them on.
This is the optimum time for clothes moths (carpet moth as they are sometimes known) to thrive. They are a textile pest that live off natural fibres such as wool. The larvae do all the damage and eat the carpet pile or your favourite wool jumper. If you detect a moth issue, we recommend you get Professional advice to resolve the problem. A moth infestation can be identified by seeing adult moth crawling about on carpet or in the wardrobe. Also their little silk larvae homes, which are the size of a grain of rice and white in colour.
Fleas are a problem that occur all year round, however wintertime is when they flourish due to your central heating being on. Fleas are often transported in off pets, but some issues are inherited from a previous occupant of a rental home. Flea eggs need heat, vibration, and movement to indicate to them that they should hatch. The vibration and movement are to indicate there is a food source available (human or animal). Our advice would be not to waste your money on lots of cans of spray but to get some good advice by a trained professional. In many treatments we do the customer has often spent more on sprays than the cost of getting a professional in to do a treatment.
Bed Bugs are blood feeders that are attracted to carbon dioxide you breathe out and warmth when you sleep. Signs of bed bugs are blood smears on the bed covers black spotting on the bed frame and other harbourage sites and bite marks on the skin. If you know you have them then act fast and seek professional advice. Don’t move rooms as they will come searching for their food and that’s how it spreads through the home. The key to a successful bed bug treatment is to follow the preparation instructions issued by the pest control company. It is a lot of work, but you will resolve the problem fast. If you do not get any instructions, then you are using the wrong company.
Cluster fly over winter in lofts and similar areas. They come in around November, hibernate and then wake around March and leave. If you have your central heating on, then you may find you have a constant trickle of flies coming into the home. The heat may wake them. If this happens then it is a very simple treatment to carry out with the correct equipment. If you notice continuous dead flies at your window then you may have a cluster fly problem.
So now we have discussed the pest about this time of year, if you have any of these there is good news. Firstly, don’t panic as they are all treatable. The first thing you should consider is getting further advice before acting. A professional pest control company will be able to give you advice to resolve the issue. At Pest-Tech we try to offer advice, but we will always recommend for safety you call in a professional. In some cases, it will be the cheapest option as well. If you would like further information or book a treatment, then visit pest-tech.org.