As the weather gets colder and the winter months approach, pests such as mice and rats will be looking for a warm place to make their home. If you're like most people, you don't want mice or rats to take up residence in your house. Use the following tips to keep rodents out this winter:
Shut the Door on Rodents
Many people do not realize that rodents can sneak into your house when you least expect it. Always make sure to tightly close exterior doors and keep your garage door closed to prevent rodents from having access to your home. You may want to consider installing a brush strip along the bottom of exterior doorways to ensure that there are no small gaps or cracks that a mouse can squeeze through.
Get Rid of Clutter
Rodents tend to love areas of clutter—they provide places to hide and materials to make nests. In many cases, people have clutter in areas that are not frequently used, such as the basement, attic, and garage. Before winter arrives, take some time to ensure that all areas of your home are clutter-free in order to make your house less attractive to rodents. Anything that you do need to store in your garage or attic should be elevated off the floor so rodents can't find hiding spots.
Don't Be a Source of Food
Food outside can be scarce during the winter, so it is not surprising that rodents head inside to look for something to eat. You can help prevent this by ensuring that there are no sources of food for them to easily access. Make sure that all food in your pantry is tightly sealed, preferably in plastic containers with lids. Always wipe down your counters to remove crumbs and food debris, and make sure that all dishes are rinsed before they are placed in the sink. In addition, don't forget to put pet food away after your dog or cat eats.
Seal Rodents out of Your Home
Many people do not realize how little room a rodent needs to access a house. Take the time to carefully inspect the perimeter of your home, and seal any cracks or holes that you notice. You should also seal the area around utility pipes that enter your home. It is also a good idea to seal your chimney with hardware cloth that is thick and can't be chewed through by mice or rats.
To learn more, talk to a home pest control service near you.