Winter is just around the corner... and colder temperatures bring more than just cozy nights in front of the fire and holiday gatherings. As temperatures drop, rodents that live outside during the rest of the year start seeking warmer environments to call home.
For many homeowners, that means the chance of a rodent infestation skyrockets in winter. If you've been spotting signs of rodents in your home, you're definitely not alone. According to the National Pest Management Association, more than 21 million homes experience rodent invasion in the winter. From deer mice to roof rats, these pests can lead to property damage and health issues.
Fortunately, preventative rodent control can keep potential problems at bay. Read on to learn how to get rid of rodents this winter.
Sealing Your House From Rodents
When the temperature falls, rodents seek ways to escape the cold. If there's a crack in the wall, a hole in the floor, or a gap in the floorboards, these pests can worm their way into your home. And once in, they deposit droppings, gnaw on wood and wiring, contaminate food, and generally create a mess. That's why preventative rodent control is so important.
Start by sealing off any points of entry that rodents may use to get into your home. Remember, rats and mice are experts at squeezing through even the smallest cracks, so seal any openings more than 1/4-inch side.
Next, repair any tears in your window screens and screen doors. Use strong wire mesh to seal cracks or holes in walls or your home's foundation. Cap off your chimney, and seal gaps around pipes with caulk or silicone.
Clean Up Food Sources and Nest Areas for Rodents
For many homeowners, that "Oh no! I have rodents in my home!" moment comes after seeing droppings around food or finding a nest made from shredded paper. That's why it's so important to get rid of rodents' food sources and nest areas (also known as culprits that attract mice and rats in the first place).
Keep your countertops and cooking areas clear of food and residue. Regularly check under counters, in cabinets and under the fridge for crumbs. Keep food in sealed containers, and pay special attention to pet food and water bowls.
Prevent rodents from making nests by removing materials such as newspaper, fabric, dried plant materials, dust and lint. Clean up piles of clutter from around the home, as rodents love to nest in hidden areas where they feel safe. That means getting boxes and stored items up off the ground whenever possible.
Contact H&H Pest Control and Waterproofing
Winter will be here soon, so now is the perfect time to take steps to prevent a rodent infestation. The professionals at H&H Pest Control and Waterproofing are here to help! Since 1974, this family owned business has helped residents of Cleveland, Gaston, Rutherford, and Lincoln Counties.
Preventative rodent control is the best way to avoid problems in the future. Call H&H Pest Control and Waterproofing today to learn more about how to get rid of rodents and learn how we can help with rodent control in your home."Topics": ,