Winter Is Coming – Is There an Off-Season For Critter Control?
If you assume that animals and pests take a break during the winter season, think again. There’s really no off-season for critter control, and that’s why Skedaddle’s wildlife control franchise stays busy year-round.
In fact, in many parts of the country, the situation is precisely the opposite. Some pests, like mice, use winter as a perfect opportunity to burrow into those warm, dry nooks and crannies in your home that usually never get a second thought.
So, wouldn’t it be nice to have a humane wildlife control expert show you where those hiding spots are? And even better, what can you do as a homeowner to safeguard your property without harming animals looking for shelter from the elements?
Let’s go over the essentials to show you why it’s best to prepare for pests like mice ahead of time.
Why is winter a good time for humane wildlife control services?
Humane wildlife control services are always preferable to methods that harm animals. Yet, they provide the best value during winter when it’s not so easy to locate pests, pinpoint where animals are actually entering the home, or defend the property from other furry, unwanted guests.
In the colder months, many animal species will try to get inside your home to stay warm, which definitely requires a visit from a Skedaddle humane wildlife control expert to secure the perimeter – and keep critters from coming back safely and humanely. Those last two words are key, which makes us unique as a wildlife control franchise.
Still, the best way to secure a home from nuisance animals is to prepare ahead of time, but you have to know that despite your best efforts, animals like mice are very clever, persistent, and inventive when it comes to finding hard-to-reach spots.
If you have problems with mice every winter, here are a few quick tips on how you can protect your home. When all else fails, give Skedaddle a call, and we’ll take care of it for you at any time of year.
What’s the best way to protect a home from pests and animals during winter?
The good news is that protecting your home from pests is pretty straightforward as long as you listen to the experts instead of doing it yourself. You may not know that mice actually prepare to stay for the long haul by collecting food around your home and storing it wherever they find a warm place to stay during winter.
Among many other reasons, that’s why homeowners can’t keep mice off the property for very long. The pests are literally invested in staying there as long as possible to survive, so if you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s an uphill hike.
Usually, most homeowners turn to traps and various poisons to kill the mice before they can breed. Well, what happens if the mice have better food stored away than the food you place on a mousetrap? A few brave ones might go for the new treats, but many won’t.
The trouble is that mice may already live in attics and walls by droves, so killing a few here and there won’t solve the problem, especially if you don’t determine how mice are entering the property in the first place.
So, to try to keep mice out of your home this winter, start with these tips:
Walk around the property and look for holes, cracks, or any other way pests can get inside
Eliminate any extra food sources like dry foods or pantry items
Don’t focus mainly on the ground. Look for cracks near the roofing too
Take advantage of the more mild winter months when there’s far less snow and ice around
Check regularly throughout the winter for new points of entry
Check your attic for evidence of mice or areas where they can hide
Check your garage or an outdoor storage area since mice don’t mind living in cramped spaces
Start with those basics, and if the mice still don’t move on, we can help at Skedaddle.
We can share one tip: mice will quickly chew through wet, molding, or rotted building materials like shingles and siding. It’s usually something we see in older homes, but newer houses aren’t immune either.
For mice to enter a home, they don’t necessarily have to eat through the materials entirely. Sometimes, it’s just enough to wiggle into an entry point you can’t see unless you look closely. While it’s not a rule per se, food sources are always nearby entry points to make it easier for mice to carry their spoils inside.
It’s a frustrating battle, and that’s where we step in to help. At Skedaddle, we genuinely value you as a customer, and we are committed to securing your property from pests as if it were our own, but we don’t stop there. Every winter, we install and remove Christmas lights too!
Brighten up the holidays with Christmas Lights by Skedaddle
In addition to our wildlife removal services, we also offer holiday light decoration services in November and December, just in time for the holidays when friends and family stop by more often. Our Franchise Owners enjoy an extra seasonal revenue stream, and our customers love saving themselves the time and effort of decorating their homes!
We can work on residential and commercial buildings with custom designs, ongoing maintenance, and takedown and storage services as well.
Whether you’re trying to make a statement or simply get into the holiday spirit, our Christmas light installation and removal services are a great way to take the hassle out of doing it yourself. We know that not everyone is an expert at holiday decorations, but we have many years of experience and know the tricks of the trade. Best of all, our Franchise Owners find that customers who have used us for holiday decorating tend to keep us top-of-mind when they are in need of wildlife control services…and vice versa!
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