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Overwintering pests

Canadian winters render it nearly impossible for many types of pests to live outdoors as they normally do. While many pests disappear this time of year, there are some that flee the cold by seeking shelter and warmth inside your home or business. These pests are known as “overwintering pests” and aren’t hibernating as the name may suggest. They are very much active and could be causing harm to the inside of your property during the cold fall and winter months in Canada.

Thankfully, there are many things you can do to prevent these pests from making their way inside in the first place. Exclusion is the key to preventing overwintering pests, and the experts at Rentokil have helpful tips on how to do so below.

Fall and winter pest prevention tips for homes

When the temperatures begin to drop, pests, insects, and wild animals will begin to look for food, warmth, and shelter for the winter. Unfortunately, this often means inside your home or business. The most common overwintering pests for homes are rodents (house mice and rats), squirrels, raccoons, and even bats. All of these pests or wild animals will gladly make a home in your attic and before long, you’ll be sure to hear their activity. The best way to avoid this situation altogether is to learn how to limit their access inside your home in the first place.

It’s important to implement the following measures in late summer/early fall to avoid a fall or winter pest infestation:

  • Secure your chimney with a chimney cap, and install wire mesh over any vents.
  • Make sure your trash cans are securely stored in your yard with tight-fitting lids to keep pests out.
  • Trim overhanging tree branches, overgrown bushes, and vines away from your home to limit roof access for pests.
  • In your attic, organize all items and eliminate any clutter. Use plastic bins instead of cardboard boxes for storage.
  • Inspect inside and outside the attic, and seal any cracks or crevices with caulk

Fall and winter pest prevention tips for businesses

In the warm weather months, many businesses spend all their time keeping stinging insects, flies, and mosquitoes away from their properties. If left unaddressed these pests can drive customers far away from your business. However, there are many pests in the cooler months that can do the same.

Rodents in particular are known for seeking shelter indoors when cooler temperatures settle to wait out the cold months ahead. Businesses such as bars, restaurants, hotels, and food processing facilities are all targets for mice and rats due to the abundance of a wide variety of readily available food sources. Cockroaches, spiders, wildlife and even ticks can make their way inside your commercial property during this time of year.

Follow the tips below to keep pests from affecting your bottom line this fall and winter:

  1. First, identify areas in your business that may be vulnerable to pests. Areas may include but are not limited to break rooms, dumpsters and trash cans, storage areas, and utility closets.
  2. A clean space is extremely unappealing to pests, so get your team involved in your pest prevention by assigning weekly cleaning tasks such as taking out the trash regularly and sanitizing the breakroom kitchen at the end of each day.
  3. Look for any potential holes, cracks, or gaps in the foundation of your building. Remember, rodents can fit through a hole as small as a quarter of an inch.
  4. Keep landscaping and vegetation trimmed and placed away from your property as pests can use trees and other plants as a bridge to your property.

If you feel overwhelmed after taking in all of this information and need help winter-proofing your home or business, our experienced pest control professionals are ready to help. Call us today at 877-690-2115 or contact us online.

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