Just like we like to head indoors when the weather starts to turn, so too do rodents. Unfortunately, by the time you see the signs of an infestation, it means that you already have several pests running around after you've gone to bed. Pests don't just search for crumbs while they're sharing your house. They can spread disease, chew up electrical wires, and carry in even more pests (e.g., ticks, fleas, etc.). Plus, they can get into any part of your property. From the garage to the shed, they can go relatively unnoticed until they've proliferated into huge numbers. Rodent control starts with spotting the entry ways and working to block them. When you're searching for anything online that 'keeps rodents out of my home', we'll give you all the tips you need.
We'll look at the most common entry points for rodents so you can check them out yourself:
From the doors to the rafters to the gas line, you're essentially looking for any way to get in or out. Rodents are industrious and can infiltrate some of the tiniest spaces. To fill the holes, try placing steel wool inside any gaps and sealing it up with caulk. When it comes to winter pests, you have to go the extra mile. Rodents can easily push out steep wool or chew through a number of other barriers. Purchase flashing (metal barriers) to protect the base of the home and move any compost piles away from the home.
Any open source of nourishment can serve as a beacon for a rodent, and this includes pet food and water. Leaky pipes, open bags of rice or flour, or fruit in a bowl can be a reason for a rodent to make a detour. To prevent rodents, you might need to make a few trips around the home. You might also need to change some of your wintertime habits, such as eating in the bedrooms or leaving cups of water on a nightstand. While you can't eliminate every potential attraction, you can fix leaky sinks, put all food in sealable containers, and keep an eye out for any crumbs left on the floor. You should also be on the lookout for any nesting materials, which can include everything from shredded pieces of paper to errant fabric. Cleaning up their nests can help reduce a rodent infestation (if not eliminate it).
If you're looking for ways to prevent rodents before they even have a chance to find their way to your family, Clint Miller Exterminating is here to help. Whether you have signs of a rodent infestation or you're just trying to prep your home for the winter, we provide all the services you need to rest easy this season. There's simply too much risk to have rodents in the house. They're far more than just a nuisance — mice and rats can pose a real threat to your safety. Contact us today to see why we're the experts on winter rodent control.