Tips to Prevent Rodents from Invading Your Home this Fall
Fall is right around the corner, and most people are already picturing bonfires, hoodies, and mugs of hot chocolate by the fireplace. What people aren’t prepared for is the rodents that try to make their way into your home as the weather starts to get chillier. As the weather turns cooler, rats and mice start looking for warm places to build their nests and a safe place to find food. While these creatures, especially mice, may seem harmless and even cute and cuddly, they are actually anything but.
Left to their own devices, they will destroy the wiring and foundation of your home. Rodent’s also carry diseases that you don’t want to expose your family to as well. With that being said, read on below for a few of the top tips for preventing rodents from invading your home this fall.
Rodent Proof Your Home
If there is nowhere to sneak into the home, the rodents will try to find somewhere else to crash for the fall and winter. Below are some tips for barring entrance to your home:
- Walk around the outside of your home. Any holes, cracks are crevices you find need to be filled so that the rodents can get in.
- Install caps on your chimney.
- Any vents that are open should be covered with screens.
- Walk around and find any screens that are torn or missing from windows and replace them.
Remove the Temptation
Rodents are attracted to clutter. So removing those temptations will make them less likely to choose your home as a hotel for the upcoming winter.
- Make sure that all storage areas and garages are neat, orderly, and free of clutter.
- Trash any cardboard boxes that are lying around.
- Store firewood far away from your house, storage areas, and garages.
Take Away Their Food Source
If there is no food for the rodents to sniff out, they will most likely move onto greener pastures. Below are some tips on how to remove their food source.
- As the temperatures cool, remove bird feeders from your property.
- Consider using artificial decorations, instead of using edible items such as pumpkins to decorate for fall.
- Always store your food, including food for pets in airtight containers.
- Put trash in containers that can stand up to the gnawing of rodents and be sure to take it out the way you are supposed to.
Regular Pest Control Inspections
One of the best ways to keep rodents out of your home this fall is to contact your professional pest control company and have them do regular inspections of your home. In this way, you are assured that any signs of rodent infestation will be found early and can be taken care of right away. This is the best prevention for you.
These are just a few tips for preventing rodents from storming your home as the summer turns into fall. For more information, contact the professionals at All About Ants today.