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4 Common Household Pests To Fend Off During The Winter

When the temperature drops below zero and the earth is veiled in white, we can all agree that nothing quite beats the feeling of basking in the warmth of your sanctuary.

Unfortunately, we’re probably not the only ones who feel that way. It just so happens that your sanctuary also happens to be… theirs.

Prepare yourself for uninvited guests, because wintertime isn’t a pest-free time. If you thought the cold would send the pests away to some distant land far beyond your home, like say, Mexico, think again. They don’t just fly south during the winter, nor do they all just drop dead and magically re-appear again during the summer. Pests need shelter too, you know! And your home probably looks awfully inviting when everywhere else looks and feels cold and unappealing.

Here are some of the common pests that could be eyeing up your home in the cold months, followed by a few tips on how to prevent them from invading.

Household Pest #1: House Mice

House mice absolutely love moving into your humble abode during the winter. They tend to nest in dark, secluded areas of your residence, such as your attic or your basement. The warmth, shelter from the snow, and abundance of food your home provides makes it their number one getaway spot for the cold season.

House mice may be cute and tiny, but they can deliver some serious property damage. They’re capable of chewing through drywall and wires with ease. They’re also potential carriers of several diseases like Salmonella and tape worms, so you probably don’t want to be sharing your space and food with these pipsqueaks.

Keep an eye out for tiny droppings, gnaw marks, and rummaged food. Also, try to seal any cracks and openings on the outside of your home with caulk or steel wool.

And while this may be easier said than done, do your best to keep your basement and attic clutter-free! Playing hide n’ seek with these annoying little rodents is no way to spend your cozy time indoors!

Household Pest #2: Cockroaches

Come on now, let’s be honest – did you really think a bit of snow would stop these creepy crawlies from scuttling into your home? We mean, they HAVE existed for approximately 350 million years, fending off the worst that Mother Nature (and humans) could throw at them! They’ve survived the Ice Age, and all kinds of other catastrophic disasters. In essence, they’re one of the most common pests found throughout the world, and there’s very little that can shake them away.

Cockroaches can squirm through the smallest openings and crawl through impossibly tiny gaps around doors and windows. Being the wily hitch-hikers that they are, cockroaches will most likely be entering your sanctuary by latching onto second-hand items and groceries you bring in from outside. And since they love small areas that are within an antenna-reach of food and moisture, once they’ve settled in, they’re in it for the long haul.

Pay close attention to activities around your kitchen and bathroom, because that’s likely where they’ll be. Keep your counters and floors clean, and free of food scraps – especially under your sinks and appliances!

Household Pest #3: Bed Bugs

Speaking of hitch-hikers…

During the winter months, it’s common for people to travel around more often. This especially holds true in Canada, where winters can be quite cold and unbearable for many.

Unfortunately, that means bed bugs will be cashing in on those frequent flyer miles as well. They’re world-class hitch-hikers that spread by latching onto clothing, luggage, purses, and people.

Check under the sheets and mattresses for bed bugs and dark blood spots. And when you get back from a trip, make sure you clean your clothes and luggage very thoroughly. Before you even bring them into the house, clean and sanitize your luggage and belongings in the garage, otherwise you just might wake up to some unwanted guests in your bed.

Household Pest #4: Box Elder Bugs

These overwintering pests probably won’t find your home to be an ideal living environment. But even so, it’s a thousand times better than being outside in the freezing cold where they’d turn into popsicles!

Box elder bugs tend to gather on exterior walls of dwellings, attics, or wall voids during the fall, where they’ll congregate and multiply their numbers. And once winter comes, the warm and cozy atmosphere of your home makes it hard for them to resist scuttling into your living space. That’s why the winter season’s the prime infestation time for these annoying pests!

In order to prevent them from breaching your fortress of solitude, try to seal any exterior cracks and crevices. Look out for any nearby box elder or maple trees, which they tend to reside in. And try to keep tree branches trimmed so that they don’t touch or come near the structure of your home.

Extermination Isn’t Easy

Once you spot any of these pests inside your home, don’t rely on do-it-yourself sprays and traps to get rid of them. While you may be able to get rid of a large number of them using Band-Aid solutions, there’s a strong chance they’ll return in droves if proper, precautionary measures aren’t taken to keep them out for good.

Your best bet is getting the professionals involved for a truly permanent and effective extermination!

Terminix Canada has provided superior pest management services all over Canada for over 90 years. If you’re having an issue with these winter household pests, or any other pest control problems, we specialize in fast and environmentally-friendly pest control services. For more information regarding our pest management and control services, or how to prevent bed bugs, get in touch today!

Pest Control – A Brief History

Ever heard of the Black Plague? You know, one of the most devastating pandemics resulting in the death of approximately 75 to 200 million people in Europe?

Or how about Phylloxera? Did you know that in the late 1800s a little creature called Phylloxera travelled all the way from the United States to France? Phylloxera had no effect on grapevines in America, because they were resistant. However, when these tiny little insects made their way to France, they were able to devastate the French wine industry.

Doesn’t Sound At All Like The Pest Infestations You’re Used To Seeing, Do They?

Pests have been around long before humans. And let’s face it – they’ll probably be around long after. Ever since mankind first decided to settle down, build shelter, and grow crops, we’ve been looking for ways to keep these pesky freeloaders out of our lives!

Sure, we’ve gotten quite good at pest control, but our high level of expertise didn’t come easy! We’re talking about thousands of years of learning and embarrassing trial-and-error that led to the pest control methods we use today.

To honour this human achievement, let’s take a walk through the history of pest-busting, from ‘pest’ to present.

Ancient Pest Control

The earliest record of pest control is a sad one.

Before 2500 BC, our forefathers probably didn’t understand what it meant to put up a front. When they came around to brainstorming a method of pest management, what they settled on wasn’t exactly… managing anything.

What the earliest farmers did was rather lucrative: they planted a ridiculous excess of crops so that once the pests had their fill, there would be enough left over for themselves.

Oh, well. Points for critical thinking, right?

The Dawn Of Pest Control

Things got a little better from there. In 2500 BC, mankind finally grew a backbone and began to take arms, hunting those ruthless pests gnawing away at the product of their hard work and dedication.

Ancient Sumerians were the first. They used sulfur compounds to kill the insects that would feed on their crops!

The Emergence Of Phenology

It’s around 1500 BC that civilizations began to realize that there’s a whole science to pest control.

Some Chinese civilizations came to develop and understand the basic workings of phenology, the study of cyclic and seasonal phenomena. They would experiment with crop rotations to account for sporadic ecological events, such as dry seasons and pest swarms.

It’s an impressive turnaround, considering mankind used to let these same pests walk all over them.

You Say You Want A Revolution

As people began to understand more and more about pest infestations, more control experiments began to occur. Individuals in China would take their phenological studies further by using botanical insecticides as fungicides for seed treatments.

And it wasn’t just China! Almost every ancient society began to develop more complex pest control practices. By 1200 BC, Romans would use hellebore to kill mice, rats, and insects, while Egyptian and Chinese societies would use herbs and oils to either repel or kill crop-destroying pests.

It was absolutely imperative for pest management to advance for mankind to develop as communities. After all, pest control was really a matter of life and death back then. A single bad harvest could’ve led to an utter annihilation of a village and its people!

Early Breakthroughs In Pest Control

The evolution of extermination didn’t stop there. Ancient developments were taken and refined into more effective pest control solutions.

Fast forward to the 1750’s, and scientists began to experiment with various natural ingredients (derris and pyrethrum) to make botanical insecticides!

Pest Control Gone Too Far

Unfortunately, the sudden spur of research and development led to some severe consequences to public health and the environment.

It turns out science went a little too far, too soon. In 1829, arsenic and other harmful chemicals were used for means of pest control. And of course, no one had any idea just how harmful they were.

At least, not until a decade later, as officials finally started recognizing the dangers of this pest control method.

By 1929, almost 30 million pounds of arsenate were spread across the United States’ fields and orchards. Crops were so plastered with the toxic chemical that they began to poison human consumers! That’s right – what was originally developed to kill pests ended up coming around to kill us.

The Pest Control Industry Emerges

It was after such devastating events that people realized pest control required trained professionals. After all, if there’s one thing the arsenic incident has taught us, putting pesticides in the hands of amateurs can be disastrous!

And so, in order to meet the demand for experts specialized in driving away pests without hurting the environment and its people, the pest control industry got off to a flying start.

This led to the passage of several laws dedicated to make the practice of pest control safer followed after.

For instance, in 1927 Canada begun regulating the importation and sale of pesticides through the federal Act to Regular the Sale and Inspection of Agricultural Economic Poisons. In 1939 this Act was replaced by the Pest Control Products Act (PCPA) and other various regulations.

These Acts are in place to regulate the pest control industry and ensure it’s doing its job while taking the environment and its inhabitants into consideration.

Pest Control Today

It’s thanks to a long history of development that the pest control industry is where it’s at today.

Thankfully, our arsenic days are long behind us. The philosophy of “integrated pest management”, which is a broad-based approach that cultivates pest-removing practices without using invasive and potentially dangerous chemicals, is the mindset today.

As a result, pest control has ‘gone green’, which is a natural consequence of the experience’s mankind has gained over years of experimentation. Nowadays, pest exterminators pride themselves on non-chemical methods of control, such as freeze and heat-based treatments.

The Future Of Pest Control Is Buzzing

And guess what? It’s not done yet!

Pest control studies are on-going. As the industry continues to learn and develop new technologies and biological breakthroughs, who knows what the pest control scene will look like a hundred years from now?

Maybe one day, our predecessors will look back to our age and laugh at our modern pest management techniques – just like how we now laugh at our reckless use of arsenic solutions in the past.

Regardless of how much the industry will continue to change, some things will always stay the same.

For one, Terminix Canada has been providing clever and innovative pest control methods for over 90 years! We’re true sticklers to integrated pest management techniques, specializing in fast & organic pest control services.

8 Tips For Rodent Prevention This Holiday Season

“Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house
All the creatures were stirring, led by a mouse;
The pest-filled stockings were hung by the chimney to air,
In hopes that Terminix soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of cockroaches danced in their heads”

Christmas isn’t the same when you’re welcoming more guests than your in-laws. But unlike your in-laws, by employing these rodent prevention tricks, you can make sure your holiday season is pest-free.

We’ll help you deck the halls with pest-free holly, so your home is warm and festive for your family for the holidays, but cold and frigid for unwanted pest guests.

If You’re Bringing In A Tree, Check It Twice.

Santa double checks his naughty and nice list every year, and you should do the same with your Christmas tree.

The easiest way for insects and their eggs to breach your home is taking a ride on your Christmas tree, straight into your living room.

Rouse and remove the hidden bugs that could be cocooning their eggs in the boughs of the tree, giving your tree a good shake and once-over before bringing it into the house. Spiders, moths, and mites are the likeliest unwanted Christmas ornaments you’ll find littering your tree, so look out for webs, cocoons, and egg sacs especially.

When the holidays have ended and it’s time to dispose of your tree, make sure to clean up any remains thoroughly with a vacuum to remove pine needles, insect eggs or anything else that might’ve been left behind by the tree.

Storing Your Artificial Tree

If you opt for an artificial tree over a live one, the way you choose to store it matters in order to ensure proper rodent prevention. Instead of keeping it in its original cardboard box, switch to a tree bag to stop rodents from chewing through the box and destroying the tree.

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Clean Your Ornaments Before Packing Away

Even if you think you’ve gotten rid of all possible pests or eggs before bringing your tree in, it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to packing away your cherished Christmas ornaments. As you take your ornaments off the tree, inspect them for any possible pest activity such as spider webs, mouse droppings, or chew marks. Even if you don’t see any pest remains, it’s a good idea to give your ornaments a quick wipe down with a damp cloth or duster. Not only will these ensure any remains have been cleaned up, it’ll also leave your ornaments dust-free for next year.

Clean Up Thoroughly After Hosting

Everyone knows to wash the cutlery and dishes after dinner, but it’s also very important to wash any linens such as tablecloths or napkins before returning them to their drawers for proper rodent prevention. Spills, crumbs, or other food leftovers are exactly what rodents and insects go looking for. Don’t help out these pests by leaving a smelly trail for them to follow, right into your drawers.

Inspect Your Firewood

Sitting in front of a roaring, crackling fire with a cup of hot chocolate is an ideal Christmas setting.

But that firewood can bring more into your home than warmth and comfort, namely, household pests that are notorious tunnelers. Ants, termites, wood-boring beetles, and carpenter ants regularly refuge in stacks of firewood, especially if it’s somewhat damp, or piled onto the ground.

To keep your firewood pest-free:

  • Examine and clean any firewood you’re bringing into the house
  • Shake the logs, to remove any clingy insects on the bark
  • Bring inside just enough firewood, which should be used immediately
  • Stack firewood on elevated surfaces and away from your house; dry wood is less inviting to tunneling pests

Open Decoration Boxes Outdoors

Insects appreciate the confines of dark, undisturbed locations to do whatever it is insects do in solitude.

So, there’s arguably no better place for insects to colonize than those decoration boxes that go virtually untouched for 11 months a year.

The chances of a pest infestation only intensify when the holiday boxes are stored in a humid, quiet setting, like your basement, crawlspace, or attic. It’s not uncommon to find mice, rodents, and other household pests in your box of ornaments.

To ensure you’re not opening a can of worms, or a box of bugs, take the decoration boxes outside, and inspect them for live pests, dead pests, droppings, bite marks, and any other pest damage. Wipe everything down, and you’re ready to deck the halls of your home with Christmas cheer!

How To Store Your Christmas Decorations In The Off-Season

While opening your decoration boxes outside is always a good idea to ensure any pests that managed to sneak in stay out of your home, you can do more to ensure pest-free decorations in the off-season.

Mice and rats can sneak into the boxes, destroying your decorations and leaving their waste behind to contaminate your holiday cheer. In order to aid in rodent prevention, choose your storage bins wisely. Cardboard boxes or paper bags are no match for rodents trying to dig their way in. Instead, opt for plastic storage bins with tight fitting lids to keep these pests out. As a bonus, these bins will prevent moisture from seeping in, preventing water damage or mold from ruining your decorations.

Check On Your Stored Items Periodically

It’s always a good idea to peek in on your stored items a few times a year. Not just to check for any proof of pests, but also to ensure there’s been no water damage or leaks. Keeping your space tightly secured by repairing any cracks in your foundation, floors or walls will help to keep both pests and water out, keeping your decorations and other memories safely stored.

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Our advice should reduce the likelihood of a pest infestation during the holiday season, keeping your family safe and worry-free.

If you notice any pest activity or waste left behind in your attic, basement, crawlspace or garage, we can help. Don’t hesitate to call Terminix Canada to handle your pest problems in a humane and responsible way.

But if your pest infestation is already in your home for the holidays, contact the professional exterminators at Terminix Canada today. We’re experts at ruining pests’ holidays!

How To Get Rid Of Rodents In The Attic This Winter

Trying to sleep but can’t? There’s no greater impediment to a good night’s rest than the frenzied sounds of an animal in the attic scratching at night. If you’re wondering how to get rid of rodents in the attic, look no further. Whether it’s mice or squirrels in the attic, the idea of wild animals scratching and defecating above you is not a recipe for restful sleep.

We’ll teach you how to identify and then deal with mice control, rat control, squirrel control, bat control, or any other pest you may have living above you.

The good news is; if you’re hearing squirrels in your home outside of March – October, it’s unlikely they are nursing their young. So, you won’t be displacing baby squirrels that can’t fend for themselves.

What Should I Do For Wildlife Control?

When you need animal removal in the winter, you can trust Terminix Canada’s wildlife control and removal. Our team are experts at humane wildlife removal and are backed by over 90 years of experience getting rid of pests and ensuring they don’t come back.

Though you might want to skimp out on removal costs for rodents in the attic, we don’t recommend DIY animal removal, due to the risk of rabies, injury or illness.

Why Do I Have Rodents In My Home?

Many different rodents will seek warmth and shelter in the winter, often finding warm homes to be the perfect solution. No matter how cold or uncomfortable the weather outside gets, these rodents will find warmth, comfort, safety and security in your attic.

If your home has any cracks or holes in the walls or foundation, rodents, especially tiny ones like mice, can easily get in and make themselves at home. Raccoons and squirrels have very sharp claws, teeth and dexterous hands. This allows them to rip open shingles or weak spots like rotten wood or loose soffit along your roofline to gain access to your attic.

How To Get Rid Of Mice In The Attic In Winter

Winter is a common time to find mice in the attic, as they begin to search for refuge from the cold in the fall. Unlike other larger rodents, mice likely won’t stick to just your attic, moving all throughout your home. They look for nooks and crannies to slip through in order to access the entire home, often leaving evidence behind in the form of droppings.

They will set up their home in your walls, attics, vents, basements and other dark, secluded corners of your house.

While mice may seem cute and tiny, they are a serious concern that you should remove before they take over. Mice can and will breed year-round with a female, producing 5-10 litters in a single year. Each litter will have 6-8 babies, so two tiny mice can quickly turn into a big problem.

Rats and mice have very weak bladders and generally urinate as they walk, leaving trails of urine everywhere they travel in your space. Did you know mice can also produce 50-75 droppings in a single day? Between the amounts of waste they produce, plus the various surfaces in your home they can access, this creates a dangerous problem. It’s important to thoroughly clean and disinfect any area that a mouse has defecated on, especially if it’s in your kitchen.

The best way to make sure you get rid of all the mice in your home and keep them out permanently is to contact a professional rodent control company, such as Terminix Canada.

Our wildlife control services know how to remove mice from the attic. We use strategic traps and baits in order to isolate and remove mice in the attic in winter. From there, it’s important to seal cracks in the attic, as well as other parts of the home to ensure mice don’t return. We efficiently and effectively remove mice from your home with ethical and long-lasting results.

RELATED: 5 Reasons Why You Need Pest Control In The Winter

How To Remove Squirrels In The Attic In Winter

Not sure what is in your attic? If the footsteps are loud enough to rule out mice, the two most likely culprits are squirrels or raccoons. One good way to differentiate is to pay attention to when you’re hearing the noises. If you’re hearing them during the day, it’s likely squirrels. If you’re only hearing movement at night, then you likely have raccoons living upstairs. The only caveat to this is that flying squirrels are nocturnal, so you may still have a squirrel infestation even if you’re only hearing the noises at night.

If you want to confirm your suspicions and feel comfortable doing so, you can take a ladder to your attic and take a look inside. Don’t approach any animals you see there. By just taking a look, you should be safe. The animals are likely much more afraid of you then you are of them. But don’t approach or corner them! Squirrels will often stash leaves, nuts and other debris in the attic.

You can also sprinkle baking flour or another safe white powder on the floor in the attic to check for footprints. A squirrel’s front paw pads are an inch to an inch-and-a-half long with four toes and sharp claws. Their front feet have three large pads. Their back feet contain five toes and four pads.

Our wildlife control experts know how to remove squirrels in the attic. We are backed by over 90 years of humane animal removal services experience.

Exclusion is an integrated pest management technique that focuses on saving you from animal in attic removal costs by effectively sealing your house from intrusion.

While in the summer, our wildlife control and removal experts will often install one-way doors in order to get rid of squirrels in the attic humanely, this is not generally a feasible option in the winter due to the harsh weather conditions.

As such, our animal removal team will go up and remove squirrels in the attic humanely and institute whatever measures possible to ensure animals don’t get back in.

Do you hear animals in the attic scratching at night? Call Terminix Canada’s wildlife control team for professional wildlife removal near you. Our animal removal services extend to removing mice and squirrels in the attic.

How To Get Rid Of Bats In Your Attic In Winter

Making up 20 per cent of all known mammal species, bats are some of the most unexpectedly dynamic, interesting creatures on the face of the planet. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek bat removal services if you find a nest of bats in the house.

Besides Terminix Canada, bats are some of the best insect exterminators in the business, capable of consuming all manner of flies, mosquitoes and other creepy-crawlies up to three times their own body weight. Some even say that a little brown bat, all of six to ten centimetres long, can eat 1,000 mosquitoes in just one hour!

However, none of this is to say that they should be welcome guests should you find a few bats in the house.

What can bats do to you? Well, in addition to being known rabies carriers, their droppings, or guano, can create a fungal disease called histoplasmosis that you can catch just by breathing in its spores. Also known as the “cave disease”, histoplasmosis yields flu-like symptoms like coughing. It’s fatal if untreated with the later stages resembling tuberculosis.

On top of that, bats are notoriously difficult to get rid of safely, requiring the aid of trained pest control experts to remove them from your attic and to bat-proof your house so that they can’t come back. Our team of pest removal experts know how to remove bats from your attic in a safe, environmentally friendly manner. Contact us for a free consultation today!

Trust Terminix Canada For Your Wildlife Control Services

Stop googling how to get rid of rodents in your attic and pick up the phone. We can effectively and efficiently solve your pest problem for you.

We employ our integrated pest management service, mixing and matching the most humane and environmentally friendly residential pest control services that best fit your rodent problem. We’ll utilize rodenticides on an as-needed basis, rodent-proof your home, and instill a pest removal plan. Consequently, this will ensure unwanted intruders stay away for good.

Terminix Canada firmly believes that the health and safety of you and your family is top priority. By helping you understand and recognize the risks that rodents and other wildlife pose, that awareness and knowledge will be invaluable in preventing them from returning in the future.

Wondering How To Get Rid Of Mice? Here’s 10 Top Tips

Are you wondering how to get rid of mice? We’re not surprised. Each winter, these pesky rodents are looking for warmth and shelter to ride out the Canadian cold season. Often making our houses their homes, having these unwelcome guests inside your property is the stuff of most homeowners’ nightmares.

An evasive species, mice live in dark and secluded spots of your home, and are notoriously difficult to remove. That’s why thousands of Canadians turn to the expertise of a professional mice exterminator when they’re tired of constant skittering, scratching or gnawing. Ultimately, once mice have made themselves comfortable in your home, it’s important to take mice control measures immediately. Otherwise, you could end up with an entire mouse infestation.

Fortunately for you, Terminix Canada has dedicated this blog to listing 10 of the best methods to deal with intruding mice. While many DIY mice control methods exist, some prefer the convenience of saving themselves the struggle and calling in professional mice exterminators instead. Whatever suits you, this blog details how to get rid of mice in your home, and how to get rid of mice in your walls and attic.

How To Get Rid Of Mice In Your Home

  1. Seal up all entry points
  2. Perform regular attic maintenance
  3. Assess any wall scratching
  4. Start using mousetraps
  5. Choose mousetrap bait carefully
  6. Place mousetraps in strategic locations
  7. Don’t ignore bait packages
  8. Regularly practice good sanitation
  9. Think outside the house too
  10. Let cats do their bit too

1. Seal Up All Entry Points

So you want to get rid of mice. The best thing you can do is preventing a mice infestation in the first place. Canadian homeowners can effectively defend their property by sealing up all points of entry to prevent easy access. This isn’t a task for the unqualified however. Why? Because mice are incredibly cunning and nimble. They are able to squeeze through the tiniest openings one-quarter of an inch and up. Ultimately, mice can fit in small cracks and crevices that are only a pencil width’s wide.

Whether you call for professional help or tackle the task yourself, you should always seal cracks in your foundation, walls, and places nearby utility pipes and vents. Effective sealants include steel wool, hardware cloth, expandable foam, caulking, and even mortar. Keep in mind that mice have very sharp teeth and can sometimes chew their way through inadequately repaired openings. Our professionals know the correct tools and materials to get a job done right. Finally, products like weather stripping are highly effective too and provide a barricade for the doors and window gaps in your home.

2. Perform Regular Attic Maintenance

If your mice problem is overhead and you’re wondering how to get rid of mice in the attic, it all starts with regular attic maintenance. As this Terminix Ontario blog correctly states, attic mice control is imperative since these pesky critters chew through electrical wiring and piping, potentially causing fires or flooding.

Remember the entry point elimination we spoke about in tip one? You’ll want to apply the same sealing methods to all cracks or openings that lead to your attic. By regularly assessing whether you’ve sealed all possible entryways, you stand a far greater chance of keeping more mice out.

3. Assess Any Wall Scratching

Questioning how to get rid of mice in the walls? You’ll need to carefully assess whether mice are actually inside walls in the first place. This involves constant monitoring at day and night. Ultimately, to get rid of mice in walls is more difficult than mice in the attic since walls provide a smaller area to work with. Hearing mice in walls does provide some reassurance too. We’re not joking either. Mice that are alive in walls still have the opportunity to be caught by a professional mouse exterminator. We’re sure you don’t want dead mice decomposing inside the walls of your property.

4. Start Using Mousetraps

Where mousetraps are used, you should always deploy them responsibly. Classic wooden snap traps can work but success varies greatly depending on the size of the mice infestation. Importantly, you should know that it could take up to a dozen traps to capture just a single mouse. Therefore, you shouldn’t be overly reliant on mousetraps being your only mice control tactic. Beyond classic wooden snap traps, there are bait traps, multiple-capture live traps and glue traps too. When deploying mousetraps, make sure to lay a combination of different types to stand the best chance of catching intruding critters.

5. Choose Mousetrap Bait Carefully

Removing pesky mice starts with understanding their diet and what they love to eat. In short, choosing mousetrap bait carefully means you stand a better chance of conquering your mice infestation. Mice love to snack on things like bacon, chocolate, dried fruit, oatmeal and spreads. All these baits can be applied to your mousetraps to try and draw in a particular intruder. When setting baited traps, always tie the bait to the trigger with either a fishing line or dental floss. Bait can also be safely secured in place with a hot glue gun. If you’re wondering how often to set fresh bait, the answer is every couple of days.

6. Place Mousetraps In Strategic Locations

There’s no point placing mousetraps in areas that mice avoid. Firstly, you’ll want to deploy traps perpendicular to the walls in your home. Remember, the trigger section of traps should always face your baseboards. By doing this, mice will run directly towards the bait as they naturally travel along walls. If you ignore this tactic, you risk mice triggering mousetraps from the wrong direction, hindering their success in turn. Importantly, mice never travel further than 10 or 25 feet from their nesting locations. Therefore, mousetraps should always be set in areas with warning signs like rodent droppings. Lastly, don’t just leave mousetraps in the same location. Mice move around so constant deploying and redeploying of the traps is key.

7. Don’t Ignore Bait Packages

Beyond selecting and setting your own mice bait, remember that bait packages, or bait stations, exist too. These meals are usually sealed within plastic wrapping so mice can easily obtain access to the preserved bait. When successfully used, mice feed on this fresh bait and die. Nevertheless, trained mice exterminators should always handle products like these. The reason being that bait packages threaten the health and safety of you, your children and your pets in the wrong hands.

8. Regularly Practice Good Sanitation

While this tactic won’t get rid of mice, it’ll help to prevent more mice intruding both now and in the future. Remember, mice can survive on just 3 to 4 grams of food a day. Therefore, you should diligently remove any food waste from the floor. Always make sure to vacuum up things like crumbs or other spillages. Don’t stop there because you also need to wipe down counters, eliminate residue, and prevent any easy access to food sources. Other good kitchen habits include storing food in an airtight jar or container while ensuring garbage is securely stored in trashcans with a closed lid. You’re asking for trouble if you leave plastic trash bags around for mice to chew through with their teeth.

9. Think Outside The House Too

So far, this blog has explained methods you can take inside your home but don’t ignore the outside too. Remember that mice started life outside before entering your property. Therefore, you should eliminate potential nesting areas around your foundation. These include weeds and burrows and other debris. One thing you can do to landscape your home’s exterior is lining the foundation with a strip of heavy gravel. This helps to clear the nesting areas where mice frequent before effortlessly breaching gaps in your foundation. Elsewhere, you can remove bird feeders and regularly trim fruit trees and plants to remove food sources and deter rodents. Lastly, garbage should be disposed of regularly and placed as far away from your home as possible.

10. Let Cats Do Their Bit Too

Everybody knows that cats enjoy hunting mice. But remember, this is no substitute compared to the effectiveness of a professional mice exterminator. That said, it has been known for cats to catch mice without homeowners lifting a finger. Historically, human beings, particularly farm owners, have used animals to control rodent populations.

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5 Reasons Why You Need Pest Control In Winter

Many Canadian homeowners feel they don’t need pest control in winter. However, we’ve written this blog to convince you that winter pest control is indeed a worthwhile investment for your home. During the long, cold and seemingly never-ending winter months of December, January and February, the popular sentiment is that everything goes dormant.

We don’t blame you for feeling this way either. During fall, we all bear witness to trees shedding their leaves with bulbs and plant life re-emerging in spring. Additionally, we understand that species like birds migrate south to flock to warmer climates. You may even notice that your cockroach infestation that you’d been putting off doesn’t seem as severe as it did in the summer. All these things make us feel like winter pest control falls into the category of nice-to-have rather than necessity.

But this is false. To educate you about the importance of pest control in winter, Terminix Canada has listed five reasons why should be battening down the hatches and defending your home at this time of year.

Why You Need Pest Control In Winter

  1. Rodents like mice and rats seek shelter and warmth in winter
  2. Cold winter weather doesn’t affect wall dwelling pests
  3. Winter pest control prevents unwanted spring intrusions
  4. Attics provide winter shelter for spiders and wasps
  5. Carpenter ants and termites still destroy wood internally and unknowingly

1. Rodents Like Mice And Rats Seek Shelter And Warmth In Winter

First and foremost, both house mice and rats do not hibernate during winter. At this time of year, these rodents ride out Canadian cold season by seeking shelter in our homes. Setting up shop in dark and secluded spaces in our properties, the bad news is that rodents get awfully comfortable, awfully quick. Both incredibly cunning species, if human food is nearby, and mice and rodents have easy access, these rodents have no reason to leave. Ultimately, shelter, warmth and food sources provide them a safe haven until they can begin foraging for fruits, plants and seeds in springtime. As this Terminix Ontario blog states, winter rodent control is also important given how quickly these species breed.

Nimble species, mice and rats enter properties through tiny cracks, gaps and crevices in the foundations and walls of homes.  Did you know mice can expertly manoeuvre their bodies through small openings that are only a pencil width’s wide? If you’re wondering how to get rid of mice in the attic or how to get rid of a Norway rat, the answer is hiring a professional rat or mouse exterminator. Read our blog on how to get rid of mice to understand the shortcomings of DIY mice control or rat removal tactics like mousetraps and pets that hunt.

2. Cold Winter Wather Doesn’t Affect Wall Dwelling Pests

Granted, winter’s cold weather means fewer pests invade your home compared to other times like summer. But what about pests that are already living in your space? Ultimately, pests that have already breached your property are not affected by freezing temperatures outdoors. We’re talking about pests that live between walls like carpenter ants, cockroaches, earwigs and termites. These types of pests can flourish indoors, riding out winter thanks to the maintenance of favourable living conditions.

We all love cozying up by the fireplace with a warm cup of hot chocolate, especially during the holidays. Sounds delightful, right? While pests obviously won’t be doing that, the same sentiment applies in that insects stand a far greater chance of survival indoors compared to outdoors. Take the cockroach for example. One of the planet’s most resilient species, this pest is infamous for being nocturnal. Hiding during the day and emerging at night, cockroaches often reside behind kitchen units, appearing on kitchen countertops, areas behind refrigerators and where dirty dishes have been left. Able to survive for a month without food, a week without water, and even without a head, resilient pests like these require professional cockroach control.

3. Winter Pest Control Prevents Unwanted Spring Intrusions

As temperatures get warmer in spring, insects like ants, cockroaches, centipedes, flies, hornets, millipedes and mosquitoes start re-emerging as they search for moisture and food sources. Being the season that falls immediately before spring, winter is actually the best time to prepare your home for unwanted spring pest intrusions.

Remember, pest prevention is the best form of defence. It all starts with sealing up entry points in your foundation and walls of your home. This means every gap, crack and opening, no matter how small they appear. A task that many leave to the professionals, things like steel wool and caulking are commonly used to deter intruding mice or rats. Elsewhere, weather stripping is popular among Canadian homeowners since it can be applied to any gaps in the doors and windows in your home. What better way to feel reassured about your home than by pre-empting spring intrusions ahead of time?

4. Attics Provide Winter Shelter For Spiders And Wasps

Many Canadians recoil at the idea of spiders hanging out in their homes, and for good reason. One of the most intimidating-looking pests by appearance, spiders cause distress and arachnophobia to much of the human population. Whether we like it not, spiders are often discovered in attics during wintertime. Why? Because spiders are cold blooded and their eggs cannot survive freezing winter temperatures. Laying their eggs in autumn, eggs are laid in a silk sac, often hidden in a web. If you’re brave enough to set foot in your attic, it’s important to remove spider webs and egg cases in order to prevent spiders re-emerging when warmer weather arrives.

The same rules apply for specific types of wasps too. If you’re questioning where do wasps go in winter, the answer is undisturbed locations like your attic. For the same reasons previously explained in this blog, wasps attempt to find quiet, safe places to survive and wait out winter. Both highly problematic species, you can leave spider removal and wasp removal to the experts at Terminix Canada.

5. Carpenter Ants And Termites Still Destroy Wood Internally And Unknowingly

We referenced them earlier in this blog but they’re both important enough to warrant their own section. That’s right, we’re talking about carpenter ants and termites. What do they both have in common? A love for destroying the wood in our homes, that’s what. While carpenter ants don’t eat wood, they excavate galleries for their nesting areas. Elsewhere, termites eat through wooden flooring, furniture, wooden frames, doors, and anywhere else in your home where there’s wood.

Why these pests require special attention in winter, and any time to be honest, is the fact they’re incredibly evasive. Like we’ve previously discussed, when these pests are indoors, they’re immune from freezing temperatures outside. Causing damage to wooden objects, fixtures and fittings in your home unknowingly, this is all part of the reason why professional ant control and termite control exists.

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Offering 24/7 support, our winter pest control specialists will tackle the pest problems plaguing your home. Learn more about our residential pest control services in Canada today.