Since it’s winter you might think there’s no need to worry about household pests for another six months at least. In the spring and summer when the weather’s nice you can audit your home and ensure there’s no nests or cohabiting creatures. But don’t let your guard down. The fact is that even in winter you can encounter some unwelcome animals and insects looking for a warm place to escape the frost. These might include certain ant species, mice, and spiders. Below are some of the common creatures you might find in your home.
Winged Carpenter Ants
Winged carpenter ants are flying ants that are part of a colony, they use their wings to collect materials for nesting such as soft rotting wood. If you find a few flying ants in your home during summer it’s no problem, but in winter it means you have a nest.
The only way to eradicate carpenter ants from your home is to find and destroy their winter nest. You can locate it by following the ants, particularly at dawn and dusk. Try to identify the species and contact a top pest control company.
Cluster flies are the common flies you see in the summer. They’re the ones that zip onto your table while you’re eating, or continually land on your face while sunbathing. In summer they’re expected in the home, but not in winter.
If you see cluster flies in your home during winter when the windows and doors are tightly sealed, it could mean you have a nest or infestation which can be very unhygienic. Contact a professional exterminator to deal with the problem.
Mice are adorable little creatures when you see them on television and learn about them from David Attenborough, but when you spy one disappearing behind a kitchen unit it’s not so cute. Watch out for these critters in winter.
Mice are actually a very common home invader, especially in winter when looking for a warm place to live and breed. Contact a local exterminator to deal with them, humane traps are available.
Rats may not be as cute and adorable as mice on television, but they’re just as common. It’s thought that rats arrived in the US on ships from Europe and Scandinavia in the 17th and 18th century.
Like mice, rats are common house invaders during the winter. As the temperature drops, rats seek out warm spaces to live and breed. This could be a garage, loft, or basement. Contact a professional service if you suspect you have rats.
Some people love them, other people hate them, the reality is that spiders are mostly harmless and beneficial to the environment. However, they are also unhygienic, a little bit creepy, and some can even sting or bite.
Like other household invaders, spiders seek out warmth in winter and that could mean your home. You might find spiders in your kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom. If you think you might have an infestation this winter, call a professional.