Winter isn’t really a season when we give much thought to home and garden pest control, is it? I know I tend to associate the warmer months of the year with pests such as wasps, ants and rodents. And while the Summer months do bring unwelcome visitors into our homes and gardens, did you know that the colder temperatures of Winter actually encourage some pests to take advantage of our cosy homes by moving indoors. Not a nice thought!
When it comes to deterring pests from taking up residence in our homes during Winter, the biggest culprits we should be aware of is rats. The warmth and shelter of a house offers a perfect Winter sanctuary for rats, and once they’ve made themselves at home it can be tricky to remove them.
Now I know rat-proofing your home isn’t the most glamorous of household duties, but it’s one of those jobs that you just have to do – after all, prevention is most definitely better than cure here. I’ve been taking a look at this rat prevention checklist, which offers some great tips on how to deter rats in your home and garden.
I think this is a really useful checklist to go through each Winter, to make sure you avoid a pest problem. Even if you’re already thinking about the more obvious measures, such as making sure household rubbish is sealed, and blocking up holes in walls or roofs, I bet there are a few ideas in there that may not have occurred to you. I certainly never knew rats were able to climb down chimneys!
Taking a little time to protect your property against rats during the Winter months is a smart move, I’ll definitely be going through this checklist regularly to make sure we avoid unwanted visitors. If you’re worried that you may already have a problem with rats in your home, check for the signs listed above. If you do need to remove rats then the best option is to search online for a local specialist – for example, pest control Manchester – to ensure the problem is dealt with effectively and permanently.
Do you have any home and garden pest control tips for the Winter months? Let me know in the comments.