As winter arrives and temperatures drop, rodents begin looking for a cozy place to stay warm. They might try to seek shelter in your nice, warm house. Fortunately, there are ways that you can keep these unwanted pests out of your home. Here are four steps you can take to keep your home rodent-proofed this winter…
Block Points of Entry
To keep rodents out of your home, make sure to seal off any gaps that allow them to enter. Rodents can squeeze into very tight spaces. Check your window screens and repair any rips in them, and use wire mesh to seal any cracks in your walls. Also, be sure to have a chimney cap installed if you have a fireplace. Keep in mind that calling for professional help is always best when it comes to ensure that all entry points are closed.
Store and Seal Food
To keep rodents out of your home, you will need to eliminate their food source. Keep your countertops clean and free of food particles and crumbs and be sure to store all of your food products in airtight containers with fastened lids as rodents will quickly chew through plastic bags and cardboard boxes. Dog and cat food is also attractive to rodents, so make sure to seal your pet’s food as well!
Store Your Firewood Properly
If you have a fireplace, you probably keep a supply of firewood on hand. However, firewood is a favorite hiding place for rodents. To discourage mice and rats from entering, keep your firewood stored away from your home. Use a rack that keeps it elevated above the ground; bonus: this will also help to keep your firewood dry!
Declutter Your Home
Clutter provides rats and mice with plenty of places to hide, especially in less-used areas like attics and basements. Eliminate the clutter to get rid of these hiding places. For instance, clear away stacks of magazines and other clutter, and be sure to keep your boxes organized and stored above the ground.
Contact us today for more information about rodent control or to schedule service. Our team here at Pest Solutions Termite & Pest Control is happy to be at your service!