You might think that a drop in temperature would bring about a decrease in rodent activity.
However, that is not the case.
Rats and mice do not hibernate. They remain active throughout the winter, but they will seek to find shelter in warm places. For that reason, they are now more likely than ever to seek refuge in your home, especially if they find suitable conditions.
Rodent control tips
If you want to keep rats and mice out of your home during the cold season, here are some things you can do:
- Add screens to vents and chimney openings.
- Seal potential entrances, such as cracks or holes.
- Place food in sealable containers.
- Do not leave pet food outside.
- Frequently dispose of garbage.
- Do not leave food scraps lying around.
- Clean up spills immediately.
- Keep your home, including your attic, basement, and crawl spaces, clutter-free.
- Fix leaking pipes that may lead to moisture in tight spaces.
- Check packages before taking them inside your home.
- Store firewood away from your home.
- Remove leaf piles and debris from your yard.
- Trim shrubs and mow the lawn regularly.
What if you already have rodents in your home?
Seeing a rat or mouse run by is the most obvious sign that you have a rodent problem. Rats and mice are nocturnal, so you might want to investigate at night if you suspect you have an infestation.
There are also other signs you can use to identify if there are rodents in your home.
If you notice small, dark brown or black droppings that look like pellets, greasy trail marks on your floor, gnaw marks on doors or furniture, or damage to packaged food items, you might have rats or mice. Unusual pet behaviour is another telltale sign that you have rodents.
Rodents will use whatever material is available to make their nests. So, look out for areas lined with shredded insulation, shredded paper, scraps of cloth or hair. You may also hear scratching or scampering noises at night.
Contact a pest control company
If you have a rodent activity problem, you should contact a pest control company immediately.
Rats and mice, although small creatures, can cause extensive property damage. They are carriers of harmful diseases.
While there is the option of doing it yourself, mouse and rat extermination is best left to professionals. A pest control professional will have the necessary tools and skills to help you effectively tackle a rodent problem. A pest control expert can also help you rodent-proof your home to prevent re-infestation.
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