Most people tend to think that pests disappear as winter settles in. Wrong. Just like you want to keep warm indoors during the cold season, chilly pests seek cosy refuges.
As the temperature drops, rodents will try by all means to settle in homes and buildings, in search of warmth and food. They usually nest in dark, secluded areas like attics and basements, where they can cause extensive property damage by chewing through bricks, concrete, metal sheets and wires that can spark an electrical fire. They also represent a serious threat to your health by contaminating food and spreading diseases, including Salmonella and tapeworms.
These pesky home invaders are hardy, and they can stay active all year-round as long as there is enough food and humidity to keep them happy. Not only they contaminate food sources by spreading bacteria, they are also known to trigger allergies that will flare up asthma symptoms, especially in children.
Spiders are not really dangerous in Mauritius, although some may bite. But when they get into your home, they can definitely become a nuisance. They sneakily set up their webs in isolated and undisturbed places, like closets and in seldom-used shoes, which make the perfect hiding spots.
Here are a few quick tips to prevent pests from making themselves at home before you even know they’re there:
- Rodents can fit through surprisingly small openings so make sure you seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home or building.
- Keep areas clear and store boxes up and off the floor because all pests like to hide in clutter.
- Store food in airtight containers. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink. Keep counters and floors clean and free of crumbs.
- Sweep, vacuum and dispose of garbage regularly. Don’t forget to clean under sinks, in stoves, and behind appliances.
- Keep the grass mowed and trees trimmed away from the house, especially branches overhanging the roof. This will help reduce the chance of pests finding a way inside.
This winter, keep the warmth in and the pests out!