Rodent Pest Control in the Winter
The need for rodent pest control in the winter months is always high and it’s the same story every year. As soon as summer pests, such as wasps and ants, have come and gone, the small, furry pests begin to make an appearance and cause a host of issues that, if left unresolved, can cause a number of problems which simply cannot be ignored.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s a domestic or commercial property, rodents will make no exceptions or discriminate, and in a built-up, urban area, any unresolved rodent infestations can turn into serious environmental and health concerns.
With this in mind, it’s best to identify why rodent pest controls in the winter months are particularly necessary and how you can spot the tell-tale signs of an infestation.
Rodents and the Winter
Unsurprisingly, rodents are not fond of the winter weather and if a sheltered space with a plentiful supply of food becomes available to them, they’ll make every effort to make that space their new home during the colder months.
Many people unwittingly become complacent as rodents tend to find food and shelter in more open areas during the spring and summer. Consequently, sources of entry and food are left readily available in the winter for rodents and this is often a major reason for the furry pests to move into a commercial or domestic property.
Regardless of whether it is Rats or Mice, rodents will breed and multiply in warm, sheltered properties with a plentiful food supply. In fact, rodents in urban areas will breed all year round, so finding a solution quickly becomes even more important during the winter. It is worth noting that a female rat can give birth to anywhere between 170 and 210 infants in a year!
Signs of Infestation
Droppings – Perhaps the most obvious sign. Rats and mice tend to leave a steady and sizeable amount of droppings behind them. If you consistently find evidence of droppings, it’s likely that you have an infestation.
Damage to property – Another fairly obvious sign, rodents love to chew and gnaw on objects such as wires, furniture, storage boxes etc. If you see signs of this, then rodents are usually to blame. They also tend to use these materials for nesting purposes and will continually return to areas to find suitable materials.
Tracks – Rodents are methodical and habitual creatures. They have a tendency to use the same tracks and paths around properties to find sources of food and shelter. Rats, in particular, will leave a trail of greasy residue behind them as their furs will collect dirt and faecal matter. If you see these smears then you will most likely have rodents.
What to do
If you suspect that you have a rodent infestation, the best course of action is to act quickly and contact a professional pest control company. If left unresolved, rodents can spread dangerous diseases such as salmonella, TB and E Coli, making communal areas unsafe to work and live in.
At Pest Control London, we offer a comprehensive and efficient service for commercial and domestic properties. Our methods will provide fast and effective results and are flexible to each situation. We offer a 24/7 emergency service for rodent pest control in the winter months – if you need a professional pest control company in London, then Pest Exterminators are your best option.
If you suspect a rodent infestation, then get in touch with our team today