Winter is around the corner, and that means people will be rugged up inside to stay warm. With Australians at home more, that scratching in their roof becomes much more noticeable, so winter becomes a bustling time for pest management.
Make sure you’re prepared for winter by following these tips.
During winter, it gets pretty nippy outside. However, temperatures can quickly change when you’re on the job. You may move from a hot, stuffy roof to a chilly basement in a minute. Constant changes in temperature can shock your body and put it under stress as it tries to regulate itself.
The demand for pest management never rests, so the last thing you want to do is be out sick with the flu. We recommend ditching the bulky jackets and opting for some slim-fitting thermals that you can wear under your uniform. They may be a bit pricey, but they will keep you regulated and still give you good mobility and flexibility. If you want more warmth, shop for clothing that can stretch and fit to match the requirements of the job. Ensure they are easy to remove and put on so you can change depending on the climate. Dressing in layers is a great way to adapt to changing temperatures.
Finding the desire to hydrate can be tricky in winter. When you’re working in the cold, you may not feel thirsty often, but it’s important you make a conscious effort to keep your water levels high. It’s harder to recognise signs of dehydration in the cold, so stay vigilant and follow these steps:
- Drink water throughout the day, even when you’re not thirsty.
- Recognise symptoms of dehydration like headaches, tension in the temples, drowsiness, dry skin and light-headedness.
- Keep a thermos of hot, non-caffeinated drinks with you (caffeine dehydrates you).
Make Sure You Have The Gear For The Job
Winter brings out a different variety of pests, so check that you’re fully equipped in time to handle them. Rats and mice are in full force during the cold months. Look over your stock to see if you need any new chemicals or pest management equipment.
A Professional Introduction
Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean your attitude should match. It’s important to continue being your friendly and professional self. You’re going to be scurrying around people’s homes for a few hours, so it’s good to establish a trust base with them early on. You want to be punctual, well presented and friendly.
Don’t Work If You’re Feeling Sick
If you’re not feeling fit and well, don’t work, especially if you can’t wear a face respirator safely. The cold can make sickness or injury worse; if you go back to work before feeling 100% better, the cold can quickly bring your illness back in full force. If you need to work, make sure you’re adequately dressed for the outdoors.
Run Customers Through Winter Specific Preventive Measures
During winter, preventative pest management measures are slightly different. Pests are eager to find a warm place to live with a ready food source, so an Aussie home sounds like the perfect place to be. As a pest management technician, you can help your clients live a happy, pest-free life, so equip them with winning information before you go.