Here at PEST UK we deal with mice, rats and squirrels more so in the colder months. This is because the rodents are trying somewhere warm to make a nest to survive the cold weather. Other pests such as cockroaches as well as fleas and bedbugs are also treated at this time of year.
Rats, mice and squirrels
Rodents will enter peoples homes looking for someplace warm and secure that they can nest in. This is most often within peoples lofts. They will use the loft insulation to make a nest area. You may hear them during the night moving around. Squirrels are loud and clumsy while rats are more likely to scurry about. You may find droppings or see signs of their gnawing on wooden beams or other objects in the loft and about the house.
Cockroaches are also a common problem as the cold weather does not affect them as they live inside the house. Cockroaches are nocturnal, they will spend the day hiding in cracks and crevices around areas like sinks, drains, cookers, the backs of cupboards and in refrigerator motor compartments. If cockroaches are seen often during the day then the infestation is usually quite serious as they are a nocturnal species. The 2 most likely cockroaches to be encountered in the UK are the German and the Oriental cockroaches. Cockroaches are common in commercial premises associated with the production or handling of food.
When a house has a flea problem usually people will experience bites, concentrated on the lower leg areas. Fleas are parasitic on warm-blooded animals (mammals or birds) and most are adapted to living on one type of animal. Some species are able to feed on a range of hosts but may only be able to breed when feeding on their primary host. The cat flea is usually found in association with the domestic cat, but is often found on dogs and will bite humans as well. Adults will only spend time on the host animal to feed and the majority of their time in the carpets or host animals bedding where they can climb or hop onto the food source when hungry.
PESTUK are full members of the BPCA, the governing body for pest control in the UK. Using a BPCA member company ensures you have a qualified, fully insured company treating your pest problem. Our technicians have the latest poisons, traps and insecticides needed to deal with the above pests and any other problem you may have.
Call us on 0330 100 2811 to book an appointment regarding winter pests or any other pest problem you may have.