Even though the cooler temperatures of winter slow down certain pest invasions, other critters remain a concern for homeowners. It’s important to understand these invaders and their behavior during the cold months so that you can quickly call a professional rodent control service if they make an appearance.
3 Common Winter Pests
1. Norway Rats
These pests can fit through tiny openings as small as half an inch, making them difficult to keep out of your home if its exterior is breached even slightly. They typically nest in basements and piles of debris and gnaw through a wide range of material including plastic, wires, and even lead pipes. Because the Norway rat’s fur is oily, keep an eye out for the telltale greasy marks on walls and other surfaces, and call a rodent control service immediately if you notice it.
2. House Mice
The most common rodent in the country, the house mouse likes to nest in dark and isolated areas such as attics and basements. Because these critters can cause major damage by chewing through drywall and electrical wires—sometimes leading to dangerous fires—taking care of this infestation as soon as it’s identified is a top priority. Look for bite marks or disturbed food products, and contact a rodent control company right away if you spot any red flags.
3. Squirrels & Chipmunks
Even though these creatures aren’t often thought of as invaders, they can seek warmer areas during the winter and creep into your home. Gaps in exterior walls or holes in your roofing are open invites for squirrels and chipmunks, so having these filled or repaired is important. Although these animals aren’t typically aggressive or harmful to humans, they can ruin food and cause structural damage by chewing through walls or wiring.
Alabama Pest Control has provided the best in pest and rodent control to Birmingham, AL, for more than 40 years. Beyond completely removing the pest issue at hand, the company takes pride in helping customers take steps to prevent the critters from reappearing. For more information, call (205) 595-7378 or visit their website.