Christmas is almost upon us and another year of successful pest control is ending. Throughout the year, Safeguard Pest Control is called out to deal with a variety of invading creatures, from larger critters such as pigeons and mice – to tiny insects such as flies and ants.
However, not all these pest animals are prevalent at all times of year. Some animals prefer the warm summer months, while others thrive when the weather turns cold and the leaves fall from the trees. Therefore, it is important to understand which pests your commercial and residential properties are likely to be invaded by at various times of year, so you know which signs to look for during each month.
January and February
During the first two months of the year while the weather is cold, you can still expect to encounter high levels of birds, mice and rats as they love to seek out warm buildings during the winter.
Cockroaches generally prefer the summer months, but they are one of the hardiest creatures known to man and can be around in lower numbers, even in the dead of winter. January also signals the end of spider season.
As the weather begins to warm, you can expect to see fewer birds, rats and mice around your property as they begin to venture outside once more.
However, March heralds the beginning of the resurgence of insect infestations with cockroaches remaining a present threat and being joined by the first signs of ants coming out of their winter slumber.
The greatest pest control issue in March comes from high levels of clothes moths, so any companies working with textiles would be wise to take additional precautions.
April and May
April and May see a maintaining of March’s levels, with high numbers of clothes moths remaining the main concern, together with moderate levels of mice, rats, cockroaches and ants. However, yet more insects begin to emerge as the year progresses into Spring and property owners can expect to see moderate levels of bed bugs, fleas and house flies.
May can also herald the first appearances of the dreaded wasp, so be on the lookout for nests, and deal with them before they become fully active.
As the summer begins, clothes moth levels finally begin to die down. However, don’t be fooled into thinking this means a respite from insect infestations – levels of bed bugs, fleas, cockroaches and house flies all increase significantly in sympathy.
Rats, mice, wasps and ants all remain a moderate concern during June as well.
As if the increased levels of bed bugs, fleas, cockroaches and house flies weren’t enough, July is the month where wasps and ants begin to really proliferate – you can expect to see a lot of them in trouble spots. So, make sure you’re cleaning up food and rubbish promptly to avoid encouraging them.
Clothes moths, rats, and mice all remain at moderate levels also.
House flies begin to die off in August, but all other insect levels remain high. Cockroaches, bed bugs, fleas, cockroaches, ants and wasps are all major concerns, so keep your pest control on point, always.
Still expect to see rats and mice, as well as clothes moths at moderate levels throughout August.
The summer drawing to a close represents something of a respite from major pest control issues, as almost all pests drop to moderate levels. Rats, mice, cockroaches, bed bugs, fleas, clothes moths, house flies and ants all remain to some extent – they are far rarer and more manageable during September.
Unfortunately, wasps remain at high levels for another month and September also heralds the beginning of spider season, albeit at moderate levels – for now!
Many insects disappear altogether as Autumn begins, with only moderate levels of wasps, cockroaches, clothes moths and ants remaining a point of concern. Rats and mice also continue to be a moderate pest control issue.
However, Autumn really is the time of the spider – levels can be expected to increase as the eight-legged critters head into properties to begin breeding. While UK spiders for the most part are not venomous, the arachnophobes among you had better be on guard.
Wasps and ants now join their entomological brethren and vanish from our lives for another year – with moderate levels of clothes moths and cockroaches remaining the only insect based concern during November.
Spiders remain at high levels throughout November too, while rat, mouse and bird infestations now increase dramatically as they head indoors to roost or hibernate.
As we come full circle, clothes moths finally disappear from the pest control calendar and spider levels begin to drop. Cockroaches however, continue to persist at moderate levels.
Birds, mice and rats continue to be the main pest control concern throughout December.
All Year-Round Pest Control
If you are looking for pest control experts who have the experience and expertise to provide an all-year round solution for your commercial property, then Safeguard Pest Control is the company for you. With over 30 years’ pest control experience, we know how and when to tackle each issue.