Winter is Coming and So Are the Mice!
The temperature are beginning to steadily drop across the nation, and for many, that means looking for a warm place to winter. This is as true for the rodent population as it is for the human one, and rodents can easily find a warm place in your home. How can you protect yourself from these problem pests? This quick guide can help.
- Seal Things Up: One of the best ways to keep rodents out of your home is to make sure it’s properly sealed. You’ll need to look outside and in to accomplish this task. Any place you see small cracks and crevices, apply some steel wool and caulk. Most rodents only need an opening of ¼ inch wide to get in, and they can jump up to them or even travel upside down to get inside your home.
- Keep It Clean: You need to make certain you don’t have any food sources available for the rodents, and this one can get a little tough if you have little ones in your home. Rodents love crumbs here and there, and toddler and young children are good at spreading crumbs. Make sure you sweep or vacuum on a regular basis. Put all of your food in heavy plastic containers to keep the rodents out of it. If you keep pet food in your home, you’ll need to put it in a container as well.
- Work On Your Yard: Many rodents come into your home thanks to an outside gateway. If you have bushes or shrubs near your home, or lots of leaves nearby, they can take cover and escape into your home. Wood piles are also great places to hide, so you may want to locate those about 100 feet from your house.
If you already have a problem with rodents in your home, contact us today. We’ll treat the problem and make recommendations to ensure they don’t come back.