8 Tips to Prevent Rodents from Entering Your House
When the weather starts to cool down, we bundle up, we hunker down for the cold winter months, and we start heating our homes to avoid the chill in the air. But we’re not the only mammals looking for warmth! Squirrels, rats, and mice are all burrowing and warm-blooded creatures, which makes your home an ideal winter nesting space. If you start seeing rodents indoors, you have a problem–and you need to take care of it quickly!
Why Do Rats and Squirrels Come Inside?
Like all rodents, they’re looking for food and shelter as the weather gets colder. Rodents are able to enter your home in a number of ways, both from the ground and from above. Rats and mice can squeeze into openings as small as a dime, and both rats and squirrels are excellent climbers. They will use telephone lines, trees, fences, and anything else that touches or hovers over your roof to gain access–and once inside, they will not leave on their own.
Rodent Control and Prevention Steps
In order to stop rodents from living in your home, the primary concern during late summer and early fall is prevention. Here are some practical steps to take:
- Inspect the exterior of your home, and look at your entire yard for signs of rodents.
- Look for holes in the ground and in trees.
- Look for droppings, cracked shells, chewed fibers, or any other signs of nesting in outbuildings.
- Seal all cracks and crevices within and around your foundation.
- Make sure doors shut completely and tightly.
- Reinstall weather stripping if necessary.
- Make sure all screens are intact and without holes.
- Put screens over any ventilation that leads to the inside of the house.
- Check these screens for holes, too!
- Put screens or cover any openings left by plumbing or electrical conduits.
- Make sure all holes in exterior walls or siding are properly fixed, to prevent rodents from chewing through walls.
- Check the attic and roof for any holes or cracks.
Prevention is the best way to avoid a rodent problem.
How to Get Rid of Rats
The worst has happened, and your prevention steps weren’t enough–somehow a mouse, rat, or squirrel got in! What now?
You could try traps, though they’re not for the squeamish.
You could also try rat poison, but if you have children or pets, you need to be extremely careful. Rat poison is very toxic, and should never be left on the ground or within reach of children or pets.
Unfortunately, those are your only two options. No one has invented any other way for successful rodent control. Don’t fall for claims of supersonic rat repelling devices–rodents can easily find ways to avoid those devices.
Professional Rodent Control
If you have a problem with rats, squirrels, mice, or other rodents living within your house, you need to get expert help. If you leave the problem alone, it will absolutely multiply–rats and mice can give birth to litters multiple times a year, and they could be hidden anywhere inside of your home. We have seen more than one customer with rodent babies within walls, heating vents, under sinks, in garages, and even within fiberglass insulation, and remember: these animals carry diseases and seriously harmful bacteria with them. If you have rodents in your house, or you’re worried your home isn’t protected adequately, call Antworks today. We’ll do a thorough inspection, making sure your entire building is safe from rodents on the outside and the inside.