With winter fast around the corner, all sorts of critters from outside will be looking to make your warm home their home as well. Mice, rats, squirrels and other rodents are on the move to get themselves a cozy nest before it gets too cold, which means they will be trying to get inside your house! But do not worry, rodent infestations are preventable. Here’s how:
Look Out for Holes
Give your home a thorough examination. Check for cracks and holes in walls, roofing and foundations. Mice can squeeze through tiny holes less than an inch wide. They can also scale walls and jump over obstacles. Check around your windows and doors to make sure they are closing properly to offer protection from the elements.
Any line that comes into your home – gas lines, power lines, phone lines and water lines – should be regularly examined as well. The original seal might come loose and leave you vulnerable to intruding rodents.
If you find any holes or crevices, seal them up immediately. Use steel wool to block the hole and caulk to seal it in place. It is crucial to seal even the smallest crack because of how tricky these pests are. If you notice your windows or doors are not closing properly, block any gaps immediately so that you have some temporary protection before you can provide a more permanent solution.
There is a wide variety of materials to seal holes effectively depending on the hole size. Lumber, metal, plastics and even cloth can provide a solid seal if the hole is just too big to caulk over.
Depending on the size of your home, it might be a very difficult task to routinely examine its exterior. Keeping a few well maintained traps in your home could stop an infestation before it even starts. Change the bait out regularly so that the rodents are more inclined to investigate.
It is also essential to keep all food properly stored away so that rodents cannot access it. Keep foods in jars and airtight containers, and use refrigeration when necessary.
Keep your home and your family safe. Rodent infestations happen to the best of us. If you think your home might be susceptible to an invasive pest, or if you are currently experiencing any pest infestation, call Advantage Termite and Pest Control today.