From the dreary rain to the cold temperatures, winter in the UK is rarely very fun, and the prospect of pests in your home definitely won’t help! During the summer, these little creatures are usually active and away from our houses, but as soon as the cold hits they tend to make their way indoors. You can’t blame them – our cosy houses are much more appealing than the frosty outdoors, but that doesn’t mean we want them snuggling up beside us. Luckily, you can help keep them at bay with a trusted pest control service, and knowing more about them is a great start to keeping your home your own.

Which are the common winter pests in the UK that need pest control solutions?

  • Rats
  • Mice
  • Squirrels

How to Restrict Pests from Intruding into Your Home?

Rats & Mice

Rats and mice have a knack for entering homes during winter and once they’re in they can be tricky to get out. The reasons for their invasion are quite obvious; they’re on the lookout for warmth, shelter and food sources, and all of these are readily available in your home. To stop them from staying in your house, you should make sure you don’t let them reach your food sources, such as leftovers left out on the kitchen top or easy to access bins. Any food that’s not in a properly sealed container, such as open cereal or snacks, should be transferred to a secure, airtight tub where rats and mice can’t get to them, and you should always close your cupboards properly when you’re not using them. You should also clear any food spills as soon as they happen. To keep rodents out of your home, seal off any access points, such as holes in the walls and floors, to stop them from getting in.


Squirrels may be cute, but that doesn’t mean they’re welcome in your home! These fluffy little things can actually be terrible once they get in, gnawing at your furniture and causing plenty of damage. They can also become aggressive if they feel threatened, which you definitely don’t want. If squirrels do get into your home, they often stay in chimneys, lofts, and attics where they feel warm and comfortable, so you should focus on these spots when carrying out pest prevention. For help, take a look at these tips:

  • Cover the chimney with a cap.
  • Cut down the overhanging branches of trees to remove easy access to the lofts.
  • If pipes are coming into the house you should seal them as they can be potential entry points.

There are specific rules related to grey and red squirrels prevalent in the UK you need to be aware of. For example, if a grey squirrel is found, do not release them in the wild as it is considered an offence. On the other hand, harming a red squirrel or destroying their shelter is illegal as they’re deemed to be a protected species. If you find squirrels in your home, it’s always best to contact a pest control service to deal with them to make sure you don’t do anything wrong.

If a pest infestation has been observed, get in touch with Beta Pest – our team can help you get the problem under control and keep your home rodent free.