SO YOU PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM UNINVITED GUESTS
This year we have a moderate autumn. October brought us many golden days and also November started with unexpectedly mild temperatures. However, meteorologists have predicted much more uncomfortable weather for the coming weeks. Then the time begins in which many pests look for a warm winter home. They prefer to use garages and houses for this purpose – even apartments at higher altitudes are not safe from unwanted intruders. Here you can find out how you can effectively protect your home and what is important in case of pest infestation.
WHICH PESTS PARTICULARLY LIKE TO LODGE IN HOUSES AND FLATS IN AUTUMN?
Just a few weeks ago, wasps and flies were considered the most unpleasant pests. With the onset of the cold season, their numbers have declined noticeably – and now autumn is bringing new pests onto the scene. Rats and mice in particular prefer to retreat into inhabited buildings. Not only is it pleasantly warm here; cupboards, kitchen appliances and hard-to-reach places also offer an ideal hiding place. In most cases, finding food in the vicinity of bipeds is also no problem. Also fleas, forest cockroaches, moths and martens are often attracted to the interior of houses and apartments in autumn. In addition, there are also harmful birds that settle in chimney superstructures. They clog gutters and drains with nesting material and contaminate awnings, window sills, roofs and house facades with their aggressive excrement.
HOW DO MICE AND RATS GET INTO MY HOUSE?
Rodents in particular feel very comfortable in attics or roof trusses, because the heat that moves upwards keeps them warm and dry. They enter the building through the smallest cracks or gaps and find numerous hiding places here, as the surfaces are often lined with furniture, old toys or other objects. You should also keep an eye on your balcony, because mice and rats can quickly find their way into your apartment this way too. The often rough panelling on house walls makes it very easy for rodents to climb even high floors. If you now open your balcony door for airing, you will quickly have an uninvited guest in your house, which you will find difficult to get rid of.
ARE THERE ROOMS OR AREAS THAT ARE PARTICULARLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO PEST INFESTATION?
Silverfish and dust lice are attracted to a warm and humid environment. This is why they prefer to nest in WC rooms or bathrooms. Cockroaches can be found in dark areas of the kitchen, behind cupboards, in the exhaust air of the oven or under the refrigerator. But you should not only be careful in the bathroom and kitchen; beds and wardrobes are also a popular target for pests. Moths in particular like to settle here and make the typical holes in your clothes. So check your clothing regularly for suspicious damage. Frequent, thorough use of the vacuum cleaner can also help to keep pests away effectively.
STRANGE NOISE FROM THE CHIMNEY – WHAT IS THE CAUSE?
When temperatures fall rapidly, warm chimney stacks appear to be very tempting places to retreat to. They shield the occupant from the biting wind and provide acceptable protection from the weather conditions. For this reason, pigeons and martens, but also bats or even squirrels like to settle here. As many of these animals are nocturnal, loud noises from the chimney shaft are especially audible from dusk onwards. Contact a specialist as soon as possible to clarify the infestation and to avoid consequential damage to the construction. Please note that some of the possible animal species are protected species, so it is essential that the appropriate measures are carried out by a specialist.