It’s Time to Prevent Overwintering Pests

Raccoons are a common overwintering pest in Utah - RentokilWe experience very cold winter weather here in Utah. Just as we start to spend more time inside this time of year, pests are also looking to find shelter indoors. Unfortunately, this often means right inside your home. These pests are called overwintering pests and include squirrels, bats, rodents, raccoons, and more. Many of these pets will make their way into your attic to hunker down until the spring months return. Needless to say, no homeowner wants pests in their property, making it important to learn how to prevent overwintering pests in the first place. The team at Rentokil is here to share their top tips.

What Are the Most Common Overwintering Pests?

As temperatures drop in the fall and winter, pests, insects, and wild animals will begin to look for food, warmth, and shelter. The most common overwintering pests in our area are rodents (house mice and roof rats), squirrels, raccoons, and even bats! Once inside, these pests will nest, roost, and make a big mess. All of these pests or wild animals will gladly get cozy in your attic, which is why it’s crucial to learn how to seal your home off to them.

How to Prevent Overwintering Pest Problems

Every fall, prepare your home for the coming months by sealing off your home to pests. Here’s what to do:

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

How to Get Pests Out of Your Attic

Wild animals or pests in your attic aren’t just a nuisance, they can be defensive and potentially dangerous as well. For this reason, it’s crucial to always enlist the help of a professional pest control expert such as Rentokil. Contact us today to see how we can help!

Termite Infestations in the Fall & Winter

Termites can infest homes in Utah in the fall and winter - RentokilHere in Utah, we are accustomed to pest problems being less abundant in the fall and winter months. However, it’s important to never let your guard down about termites. Termite colonies are active all year long, even if you may not always see them. These wood-destroying pests most often swarm between March and November. During the colder months, they will sometimes burrow deep down into the soil to keep warm until springtime returns. That said, the queen termite is able to lay eggs all year long, meaning a colony can grow at a constant rate. Because of this, it’s crucial to stay vigilant about preventing termites throughout the entire year. Keep reading to learn more from the termite exterminators at Rentokil!

Are Termites Infesting Homes in the Fall?

The short answer is: yes! Just because you may not see termites swarming doesn’t mean they’re still hard at work. A termite colony can infest your property at any time and continue to grow before you even notice the damage they’ve caused. Maturity is the number one determinant in a colony’s ability to damage your home. A two to four-year-old colony can cause damage to your property at any time of the year.

Termites need to stay warm in colder temperatures, which is why they will nest 25 to 30 feet down in the soil during the winter. This may make them slightly less noticeable this time of year, but it is nonetheless crucial to stay vigilant about looking for the signs of termites and the damage they cause.

 Signs of Termite Activity in Your Home

Out of all pest problems, termite infestations are most feared because the damage they cause often doesn’t show up until you have a serious problem. In the fall and all year long, it’s important to look for the following signs of termites in your property:

  • Mud tubes
  • Discarded swarmer wings
  • Termite frass (feces)
  • Drywall discoloration
  • Loose tiles or buckling floors
  • Bubbling or uneven paint on walls
  • Holes in drywall
  • Hollow-sounding or crumbling wood

How to Protect Your Home from Termites This Fall

If you want to avoid the distressing discovery of a termite infestation in your Northern Utah or Southern Idaho home this year, it’s important to get the help of a professional termite exterminator. At Rentokil, we offer a number of options designed to protect your property from these pests in the fall, winter, spring, and summer! Contact us today to learn more.