Pest control isn't only an issue in the warmer months. Many common pests remain active through the wet WA winter and seek out our homes for shelter, warmth and food.
That's why it's important to make your home less welcoming to these invaders and take other preventive measures to keep your home pest-free all year round.
Which pests are active in the winter?
While some bugs and other pests hibernate or migrate over the winter, most stay behind. The most dangerous winter pests for Perth homes are:
- Rodents– rats and mice seek shelter in homes, sheds and garages through the winter, chewing food and wires to put your household at risk.
- Termites – termites are year-round pests that seek out warm, damp and dark spaces in buildings, unless you have effective barriers in place.
- Spiders – many spiders wait out the winter in walls, vents and roof eaves, leaving trailing webs and biting if disturbed.
- Ants – these resourceful insects settle under boxes and inside cabinets to lay their eggs and multiply.
- Cockroaches – they may be less visible in the winter, but cockroaches are still a health hazard if they find their way into your kitchen.
How can I protect my home against winter pests?
Even the most well-defended property isn't immune to pests, but you can lower the risk of infestations significantly by being proactive with prevention.
Seal the gaps
Rats and bugs will take advantage of the smallest gaps to enter your home. Check all doors, windows and entry points for pipes and wires to make sure they're sealed and fix up any cracks.
Keep your home and garden tidy
Cluttered and neglected spaces make perfect habitats for pests. Keep up with regular home and garden maintenance through the winter to clear away leaves, branches and other debris and keep boxes and containers off the floor.
Moisture attracts bugs, so check your bathrooms, kitchens and other areas for leaking pipes and clogged drains. You should also make sure lofts and basements are well ventilated.
Keep rooms occupied
Rodents and insects choose dark and quiet areas to settle down. Make sure they don't get the chance by using all of your rooms, opening drawers and cabinets and checking other hideaways at least once a week.
Arrange a pest inspection
To make sure your home's as pest-proof as possible, contact a pest control service near you to organise a professional home inspection
. Pest controllers will check your property for vulnerabilities and discuss home remedies or preventive treatments such as baiting and barriers to make your home safer.
Our pest control is 100% pet friendly.
Do you need pest control in Perth?
If you've got an existing pest problem or you want to make sure your home and family will be safe this winter, talk to our team at BP Pest Control in Perth.
Our qualified pest controllers are experts at dealing with all common household pests, including termites, cockroaches, rodents and more. We'll organise an inspection of your home and develop your custom pest control plan using the latest technologies and environmentally-friendly insecticides.
Call us now on (08) 9209 2030
or 0412 425 966
for pest control in all Perth suburbs including Joondalup, Alexander Heights, Ballajura, Balcatta, Bunbury, Dianella, Malaga, Morley, Nollamara, Noranda and Tuart Hill.