Winter is upon us! While the Holiday Season is a momentous one with lots of exciting things happening, it also means pest invasion is on the horizon. Pests such as cockroaches, spiders, and rodents are already on the move, looking for warmer places to hide through the cold weather.
Unfortunately, these warmer places happen to be our homes. The holiday season means we spend time decorating our houses, setting up Christmas trees and wreaths, the lot! But… A Rodent Invasion means those decorations also need to be protected. They will eat virtually anything — wood, plastic, or wires. Rodents will eat their way into our houses and, in the process, your Christmas decorations will get damaged too.
While rodent infestations can happen at any time during the year, rodents and other pests are more likely to invade during the colder winter months. Ever wondered why that is so?
Rodents crave warmth and the indoors is a hotspot for that.
What do you do when you are feeling cold? You immediately want to warm up, right? You make yourself a nice, hot cup of coffee or sit by the fireplace to make yourself feel more comfortable. In the same way, animals, during the winter look for warmth so that they can stay away from the perils of winter.
It is not that difficult for rodents to seek entrance to your home, especially when you consider they can squeeze through the smallest of holes. Even the tiniest of nooks and crannies can become a prime target for them, and these are often the places you don’t think would let any rodents in.
The search for food is relentless.
Another reason rodents are more likely to enter your home during the winter is that food sources are scarce outside during the winter. By being in close proximity to humans, they can find food as well as shelter from the cold. Humans are often lazy when it comes to ensuring there are no food sources or scraps lying around. You will often find signs of rodent infestation inside your kitchen cabinets.
Rodents have a huge appetite. Wood and plastic are not the only things they consume. These little devils can squeeze their way into your kitchen cabinets and countertops and feast on your Christmas feasts while you sleep.
A Christmas to Remember
Christmas is a time of happiness, a time to celebrate, to spend time with your families, and to give back to people you love. However, it doesn’t take a lot of time for all of that effort to turn into your worst nightmare.
The Poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore sums it up perfectly.
“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse”
At Christmas time, it may be the exact opposite. Your house becomes a Treasure Hunt for pests such as rodents such as, mice, rats and squirrels. The sight of cake, cookies, and bread is enough for anyone to savor, least of all rodents. Christmas Trees are the Holy Grail for rodents and especially squirrels. The bright lights we see as decorations attract them. The branches on which we hang the Christmas balls and bells serve a rather practical purpose for them.
Rodents can use Christmas trees to climb up and access other areas around the house. But as we said, rodents will eat virtually anything. The branches of the Christmas tree, the presents you’ve placed next to it, and all the other decorations around your house are all in danger. There’s no stopping the destruction these rodents will cause if they find access into your house.
It’s possible that the Christmas tree you purchased or got from the tree farm harbors more than you think. Not only can you attract rodents that may be hiding inside the tree, but you could be inviting all sorts of pests from the tree to your home. Spiders, and other bugs could be hidden from view.
Battling rodent infestations doesn’t have to be hard. Take our word for it!
Scouts Pest Control to the Rescue!
So how do you identify a rodent infestation when you haven’t even spotted a rodent? It’s simple. Look for rat droppings around your house. If you spot them on a regular basis, and around the same locations, it’s likely that you have an infestation that needs your attention.
A lot of people are scared to contact their local pest control service because they believe a mouse or rat infestation is a sign of uncleanliness. Nothing could be further from the truth, though, especially during the winter where mice and rats are simply looking for a cozy and warm home.
Rodent infestations can be tricky to solve. Simply putting a trap and hoping for the best outcome doesn’t guarantee results. The fact of the matter is that even after catching a rodent, it doesn’t mean that the infestation is solved.
Rodents, in the process of eating through your house and making pathways, leave behind a distinct scent, which attracts more vermin into your home. It’s a slow poison that will slowly turn a happy house into a desolate one if you don’t take the right steps at the right time. There is also evidence that bacteria from mouse and rat urine can cause serious illnesses when it becomes airborne, so calling a professional is always recommended especially if there is someone in your home with a weak immune system.
Pest Control Technicians have the expertise and the tools needed to identify an infestation and implement remedial action. These professionals use chemicals that need to be neutralized after use. They also come prepared with special equipment to wear during the extermination phase. This equipment keeps them safe from all sorts of bacteria and contaminants.
Professional pest control services are also much cheaper in the long run. DIY pest control will only work for so long. However, professional service means your house stays protected for years to come.
If you want the next step forward, try the Scouts Pest Control “Simple Pest Solutions.” Simple Pest Solutions is a bi-annual pest control program offered by us. Our trained technicians will inspect your house and using our expertise, perform a thorough pest control service that will ensure your house stays clear of termites, cockroaches, rodents, and all other forms of pests.