Homes are winter wonderlands for pests and during the winter is when pest and wildlife invasions are on the rise. There might not be as many pests during the winter as there are in the spring, but the risk of pests or wild animals wanting to get into homes is much higher. If you already have pest control services set up, make sure you have them year round and not seasonally.
With snow and bare trees there aren’t many places for pests and many animals to live outside during the winter.
The main reason pest and wildlife invasions are on the rise during winter is that pests and animals like raccoons and squirrels are looking for a warm and dry place to stay. Some smaller animals will actually hibernate within your home because of the warmth, while others will remain active once they’re gotten into a warm home. Having active animals inside your home during winter can be very dangerous as they can spread diseases. Also, while in your home pests can cause serious damage to wires, beams, and and woodwork. If you suspect that there are raccoons or squirrels in your attic or basement, call a raccoon removal Tampa company to take care of the problem.
The active animals that are inside a home will be looking for food, so keep all food stored properly and do not leave fruit out in fruit bowls. If rodents walk on your counter tops or on any food that’s left out they can transfer bacteria to them. This is the most common way for people to get ill from having pests in the home, other than being bitten.
There will also be droppings which are contaminated with diseases, so keep an eye out for animal signs, especially in attics, basements, corners, etc. If you do find droppings call your local pest control service right away, as this is a sign of pest activity. Large amounts of rat or mice droppings can be hazardous to your health so do not try to remove the mess yourself, again call a professional out to your home.
Spring is the time of year when flowers bloom, babies are born, and new pests start to invade. The sad part about spring for homeowners is that wildlife, rodents, and insects become a big problem. Like new vegetation and new babies, there are new pests. Some may have been hibernating for the winter, while others can’t survive the cold of the winter, and still others are just more of the same pests from last season.
One reason for the increase in activity is that spring is reproduction season. Some animals will want to get back outdoors, but once the females become pregnant, they want back inside to build their nest in preparation for giving birth.
Within a few weeks people will start to see wildlife and pest populations double or triple as animals will be reproducing at high rates. Make sure to call your local pest control agency to come out and help with the problem.
Another reason pest problems rise in the spring is the new vegetation that is growing and blooming. This is a huge attraction for insects. Hornets, wasps and bees like the fresh pollen on flowers. If you have flowers on your property, especially near your home, be extra cautious. Bees don’t like to be disturbed and if they are, they will go into attack mode.
Not only is the new vegetation tempting, but any old vegetation left over from winter such as rotting citrus or compost can attract insects and rats. If you have bushes, trees, or plants growing make sure to maintain their growth. Keep them trimmed and most importantly make sure no leaves, branches, etc. are touching the house, roof, or surrounding walls. That’s the most common way that raccoons and squirrels find a way into a house.
These steps are basic prevention tips to help keep most wild animals from getting inside your home. Some homeowners will go as far as having a low maintenance yard by not having trees or bushes. But there are other ways to keep a low maintenance yard and still have some vegetation. Check out our prevention tips to help maintain your home from being an open door to pests.