With sleigh bells’ ringing, jingle bells a-rockin’ and with a certain Father Christmas making his way downtown, the festive season really is in full swing come this time of year. With lists of names to buy presents for along with food and drink to purchase, it can be easy to lose track of what it is your supposed to be doing!

One thing you may not have considered is the risk of unwanted visitors this Christmas. Whilst most people associate pests with the summer sunshine, the warmth and shelter of our homes become a much more attractive refuge for pesky lodgers at this time of year.

At PestBusters, we specialise in pest control in Birmingham and around the West Midlands and pride ourselves in the high standard of service we provide. Working both domestically and commercially, we understand the discreet and quick-action needed when dealing with pests. With years of experience dealing with domestic pests and large scale vermin, we aim to work efficiently and effectively to ensure that your problem is not only resolved, but extinguished in a controlled and professional manner.

Most pests are looking for warmth and shelter during the cold winter months which draws them towards our homes and residences.

Mice and rats can build nests in the smallest of nooks and freely roam your homes at night for food and warmth. A sure sign of their presence includes droppings or urine as well as gnaw marks in food, packaging or even surfaces.

Bed bugs are also rife around this time of year as they look to feed in order to survive the winter. Bed bugs are blood sucking insects and live in the folds of mattresses and bed frames; bites, blood spots or dead bugs are sure signs of an infestation.

But what can you do to protect your home from pests?

• Tightly seal any entry points including gaps, cracks or crevices.

• Clean your house and follow good sanitation such as washing up, cleanings surfaces, sealing leftovers and taking out waste/rubbish

• Trim branches from surrounding plants, bushes and tree to keep insects at bay.

If you think you may have infestation or would like any advice on pest control and protection, check out our website or call us free on 08000 35 1000.