Humans aren’t the only ones seeking refuge from the wild weather outside. Although the summer months are the favourite for pests, there are certainly winter pests to watch out for. Garages full of boxes and clutter can make comfortable places for winter pests to shelter from the elements.
While there are some creepy crawlies that continue terrorising your home regardless of the weather outside, there are also pests that become an increased threat in the winter months. Four of the most common winter pests are:
There are simple ways to control and deter winter pests from settling for an extended stay in and around your home.
Winter often leads to an increased threats of rodent invasion as they seek shelter in the warmth and safety of our homes. Tips to prevent these winter pests from invading are:
Portuguese millipedes are the smaller black millipedes that often curl into a spiral when disturbed.
Portuguese millipedes lay eggs in May which hatch in time for winter.
Unlike native millipedes, these winter pests can congregate in large numbers and often seek shelter indoors during rainfall. These winter pests feed on organic matter and leaf litter compost, and are one of only a few breeds attracted to light. Simple steps to repel these insects are to:
As with rodents, possums can be inclined to seek shelter within roof voids as a result of inclement
weather conditions. Possums usually gain entry through broken roof tiles, damaged eaves or displaced ridge capping. Possums can make lots of noise as well as stain your ceiling and plaster with their urine and faecal matter. If you find yourself with a possum problem you can:
Similar to amphibians, snails breathe through their skin, and seek cover in dry conditions to combat desiccation. The rainy days of winter however bring snails out of hiding. Snails are a nuisance for eating your plants and leaving slimy trails.
If these winter pests are getting out of hand in your home and you require a professional to take care of your pest problem, Bug Busters is just one phone call away. Bug Busters offer safe and reliable solutions for all of your pest problems across the Perth metro area.
To organise pest management services for your home or business, contact Bug Busters today on 9493 1313 or fill in our online enquiry form.