You wake slowly to the sound of scratching noises above your head. You shake your head thinking you’re dreaming but there it is again. Scratch scratch scratch. You swallow the fear and pick up a flashlight and head to the attic, but find nothing. You lie down again in the hopes that you really were dreaming, because an invisible raccoon family in your attic would be a nightmare this time of year. But you can’t sleep soundly after that. You have to know!

The first (and best) option with any suspicions of pests in your home is to call Command to come out for an inspection and to answer any questions you may have. But if you’re determined to see with your very own eyes what’s making the noises, causing the messes, and putting off that terrible odor, here are our suggestions for the best times of day and night to catch your winter pest trying to move in:

Mice are our creatures of the night. With their tiny size, they don’t make as much noise as their bigger pest counterparts but the chewing sounds may not escape your notice as you try to get some shuteye. So you’ll most likely catch them chewing up/destroying your chance to stay in all weekend and watch the entire 56 seasons of Law and Order between the hours of 12 and 3 a.m. Instead of trying to take your skills from the show and become a mouse detective, we can ensure you don’t miss one episode.

Squirrels on the other hand like to make an entrance and want you to know they are there having many babies in your home. You’ll want to keep an eye out for these winter pests while you’re trying to create and enjoy dinner (4 – 6 p.m.) or when the kids jump into bed with you (5 – 7 a.m.).

Raccoons can leave behind a pretty lengthy trail so noises aren’t the only thing you can identify these pests with. They make an appearance at night as well, so be on the lookout between 8 p.m. – 4:30 a.m.

If you don’t want to stay up all night in fear of taking on new unwanted roommates, Command Pest can take care of that with our winter pest inspection and pest control services in Central Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas.

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