Now that the weather’s turned, it’s possible that you may start seeing a different kind of pest emerge to the ones you became accustomed to seeing during the summer.

The hotter months of the year bring wasps, mosquitos, cockroaches, flies, ants and so on, but in winter, you’re more likely to start seeing the likes of rats, mice and squirrels on a problematic level… so it’s important to know what to do if you suddenly find yourself with an infestation. 

As the temperatures plunge, rats and mice will start to seek out warmer nooks and crannies to help them survive the winter – which means they’re going to be heading indoors, whether that’s in your home or your business premises.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you don’t leave them food sources to find, so keep bins firmly closed and don’t leave any leftovers out. Spillages should be cleared up as soon as possible and any access points like holes in floors and walls sealed up.

Squirrels, meanwhile, often make nests for themselves in chimneys, attics and lofts at this time of year, where it’s warm and comfortable – so prevent this by covering your chimneys with a cap and not allowing tree branches to encroach on the sides of your house. Any pipes going into the property should be sealed to prevent entry, as well.

If, after taking all these steps, you still find that you have a problem and need the help of pest control services in Essex, get in touch with us here at The Exterminator Pest Control to see what we can do. Our service is available 24 hours a day, so we’re here whenever you need us.

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