Animals are driven by instinct to seek out warm, dry, safe places to be during the winter months. This can lead to you having spiders, mice and other problem creatures inside your home.
Now, if you’re a kind-hearted person, you may be tempted to just ignore these animals and trust them to go away on their own once warmer temperatures return. There’s a few problems with this plan. The first is that pests animals generally don’t leave on their own. Your home is a wonderful nest site for all kinds of wildlife – after all, you keep it warm, and there’s a kitchen full of food!
The second reason that you don’t want to just learn to live with the animals is that many pests carry diseases. These diseases can be harmful to you, your family, and even your pets. There are literally hundreds of examples, but one common one from the history books is how rats were involved in spreading the Black Plague. That one disease outbreak killed over a third of Europe’s population.
Finally, and this is especially true if the pests you’re seeing in your home are ants or mice, is that animals reproduce at an astonishing rate. Carpenter ants will carve elaborate chambers into the walls of your home just to have enough space to raise thousands of new baby carpenter ants. The damage can be so bad that the home becomes structural unsound. And the common field mouse, so sweet with the tiny ears and tail? One mama field mouse can have more than 30 babies in a year – and then her babies begin having babies of their own. It doesn’t take long for the house to fill up with mice that way.
So if you decide that maybe yes, you should get the problem animals out of the house, but you don’t want to do it yourself, the next move is to call in the local pest control company. They’ll take care of everything, using family and pet safe products so you don’t have to worry. They may even be able to help you take steps to prevent problem animals from coming in next fall.