How to Prevent and Control Rodent Infestations in Your Home This Winter

You can control rodents this winter. When the weather gets cold outside, rodents try to find a place to stay warm. Some build nests in sheltered outdoor areas. Others seek shelter inside homes, though. You can use the following tips to help keep rodents out, but keep in mind that you’ll need pest control services if they get inside.

Keep Rodents Out by Closing Up Exterior Openings

Mice and rats can squeeze through small gaps around homes. These include gaps along your roof, windows, doors, foundation, attic, crawl space vents, and other areas. Seal up any cracks or openings you find to keep rodents out.

Seal Interior Gaps to Keep Rodents Out

Rodents such as mice and rats can get into the main part of your home through gaps. These include openings behind appliances, fireplaces, kitchen cabinets, utility lines, vents, and pipes. Sealing up these openings helps keep rats and mice from invading your living space.

Store Food in Airtight Containers

Keep foods sealed up in containers that rodents can’t get into. Keep in mind that they can chew through boxes and similar kinds of packaging. Store foods, including pet foods, in airtight containers.

Remove Food and Water Sources

Crumbs and spills provide rats and mice with food and water. Clean up floors, counters, and other surfaces to keep rodents away. You should also remove indoor garbage and place it in sealed outdoor garbage cans.

Eliminate Rodent Nesting Sites

Control rodents by reducing sites that rodents might use to build nests. These can include outdoor grills and cooking areas, open trash containers outside, woodpiles close to your house, and areas of long grass or weeds. Eliminating potential nesting spots in and around your property helps discourage rats and mice from invading your home.

If you need control services for rodents, contact Allison Pest Control your local exterminator. Our team can remove rats or mice from your home.

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