While certain pests are more active during summer months, they can still pose a hazard to you and your business over the winter.
High risk winter pests
Rodents are a perennial nuisance, presenting a threat to health and the safety of a building, often moving into buildings over the winter to shelter from the cold and the added bonus of easily accessible food. Rats must keep their teeth trimmed and will gnaw their way around your property, causing fire hazards by chewing through cables, and even brick and metal. Hospitality owners should be proactive at the first sight of a rodent infestation. Not only is it a risk to reputation but can lead to the closure of your business.
Ensuring your property is well-sealed is a good first preventative step, but bear in mind rodents can scale vertical walls and mice can fit through holes only 6-7mm, so it’s worth being thorough!
Flies and cockroaches can pose a problem over the winter, drawn indoors by the warmth. Another health and safety risk for hospitality is they can spread dirt and diseases. Keep work surfaces clean and regularly remove food waste to help prevent infestations.
Lower risk winter pests
While less of a risk, birds in your property can cause problems. Birds carry diseases such as salmonella, while their droppings can contaminate air conditioning and water sources and ruin the appearance of a building. It is recommended you seek professional assistance to manage a bird infestation. There are laws in place for their protection and those removing them must be licensed.
Insects are typically a summer pest but a queen wasp or hornet must find a suitable place to hibernate over winter, and by spring can create a complete nest. Staff with pets can carry fleas and mites into office spaces, which can take hold in carpets.
Managing pests needn’t be a nuisance and as fully licensed professionals we can deal with the situation humanely, rapidly and discreetly.