Is Pest Control Necessary in Winter?

When it comes to pest control, we automatically think of it being more necessary in summer. There are more flies, there are more ants and snakes come out of hibernation too. So, while there certainly are some reasons to be vigilant about pests in summer, there’s no reason to let your guard down in winter either. The possum, for example, is one of the main household pests that is most active in winter. Let’s take a look at why pest control is necessary in winter, particularly for possums, and what you can do to prevent possums from invading your space.

Possums look for new dens in winter

One of the biggest reasons to look into pest control during winter is the fact that possums look for new dens when it starts to get colder. This is when you’ll most likely hear scurrying across your roof at night, scratching on your tiles and that throaty, coughing sound that possums are well known for making. What they’re trying to do is scope out your roof and the surrounding area, seeing whether they can find an appropriate place to create a den and raise their young. While this may seem cute, we can guarantee that won’t be what you’re thinking at 2am with a possum wreaking havoc in your roof. 

Steps to take for possum control in winter

It’s necessary to take preventative measures for possum activity in winter. One of the first things you should do is call a professional possum removalist. They’ll inspect your roof and your backyard, identifying possum entry points and creating a solution for your possum problems.

Possum-proofing your roof

A possum management expert will be able to spot entry points for possums in your roof and seal these points as a way of possum-proofing them. Then, when a possum tries to make a home out of your roof, it will be impossible for it to do so. Your possum management pro will also trim tree branches or point out any other ways for possums to access your roof.

Install possum boxes

As native animals, it’s our responsibility to look out for our local possums. One way we can create homes for possums without inviting them into our roofs is to install possum boxes. Your possum removalist can advise you on the best way to go about installing possum boxes in your yard, keeping them out of your roof.

Pest control is absolutely necessary in winter – unless you want a family of noisy, hyperactive possums moving in without paying a single cent in rent! To possum-proof your home this winter, and take care of any other pests, call up the team at Peter the Possum Man. They offer professional management of possums, rats, mice, wasps, cockroaches or any other form of pest. Servicing Melbourne and Adelaide, Peter the Possum Man provide top-quality, affordable protection that will guarantee your home is possum- and pest-free this winter.

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