As the temperatures plummet, the winds become harsher, and precipitation abounds, rodents make numerous attempts to gain entry into homes by climbing, clawing, and gnawing.
As a result, many types of structural damage may be experienced. Examples include roof damage, problems with siding, and the destruction of attics, basements, and window sills. Rodents have the capability of squeezing into exceptionally small spaces. As a result, the signs of an infestation may go unnoticed until the damage is severe. In this guide, you will learn how to prevent rodent infestations by simply taking steps that will properly winterize your home.
Indoor Prevention Tips
It is a known fact that rodents seek out areas that are warm for the purpose and intent of mating, creating nests, and reproducing. These creatures work mostly in the night time hours to gain access to internal regions of your home and to gather food. Many dangers exist when this occurs. The two main being the potential for home fires (as a result of rodents chewing through wiring), and the spread of disease to people and their pets. The following outlines a few simple strategies for preventing indoor rodent infestations this winter season:
- All potential entryways for rodents should be sealed. This includes cracks and holes that are present in the siding region of the home, door seals, areas around windows, window screens, and the open spaces present around piping that runs into the home.
- The areas underneath countertop appliances – such as microwaves and toasters – should be thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis. Additionally, cleaning should be done under the large appliances in the kitchen – such as deep freezers, refrigerators, dish washers, and stoves.
- If any spills occur or crumbs fall on areas, they should be cleaned up immediately.
- All dry foods – such as rice, beans, sugar, coffee, and pet foods – should be stored in containers that have tight seals.
- Foods and beverages should never be left out on plates or in cups. Additionally, pet food and water bowls should be emptied and not left out overnight.
Outdoor Prevention Tips
The proper maintenance of your outdoor areas will play a very large role in ensuring that your home does not become subjected to a rodent infestation. While tedious, lawn maintenance is a necessary component of success in winterizing your home to prevent attracting rodents. The following outlines a few preventive measures that you may take:
- Ensure that all branches, bushes, and other types of plants are properly trimmed and kept away from your home.
- If you cut and store firewood, be certain to store it in an area that is a long distance away from your house.
- The garbage bins that are kept outdoors should be cleaned on a regular basis, should be stored away from all structures, and should have tightly-sealed lids on them at all times.
- Pet water bowls and pet food bowls should be emptied, cleaned, and put away at night if they are left outdoors.
- You should regularly inspect for leaks outside around pipes and faucets. If you discover leaks, they should be repaired immediately.
Winterizing your home to prevent rodent infestation is a necessary task. In this guide, you have been introduced to both indoor and outdoor prevention strategies that will safeguard your home. Unfortunately, there are still many instances when rodents will find their way into your residence. Here at All Pest, we specialize in quickly and effectively eliminating these nuisance pests. If you require assistance in getting rid of those unwanted winter guests, call us today at: 765-259-0043