When winter weather arrives, some pests go into hibernation while others enter homes seeking warmth and food sources. We had a look at a few common winter pests and DIY tips to keep them out.
Cockroaches are attracted to moisture, areas with excess water and food. Make sure your house is spotlessly clean, empty your rubbish regularly and ensure you have no leaky pipes or taps. Gutters clogged up with winter leaves are also the perfect area for cockroaches to nest, so clean your gutters regularly.
Rats & Mice
When it gets colder, rats and mice seek shelter and warmth. Eliminate all entry points to your house. Keeping your roofs, garages and storerooms free of clutter will also deter them from nesting inside your premises. If you store wood for fire, store it at least 6 meters away from your home.
Birds & Bats
Birds and bats can and will come into your home through any opening in the exterior of the house. Inspect the outside of your home for any openings and seal them with steel wool or foam rubber. Keep doors and windows shut as much as possible.
Spiders enjoy hiding in areas of your home, which are seldomly used. Store seldom used items in sealed plastic containers. Seal cracks and holes in the exterior of your home to keep them from coming inside. Switch lights off at night as they attract insects which is a food source for spiders.
Fleas and bed bugs
Fleas and bed bugs get carried into your home by your pets or furniture or luggage brought into your home. Ensure your pets are flea free by using flea and tick control applications. Check luggage, furniture, bedding, etc. carefully before bringing it into your home.
If you have been plagued by any of these pests during the winter, Contact Service Master to schedule your pest control treatment.