No More Rats or Mice: How to Keep Rodents Away This Fall
Autumn is a prime season for rats and mice to find their way into the home. Your goal is to take proactive measures that help to keep rodents away this fall. With the aid of these tips, you stand a better chance of avoiding any unwelcome guests setting up living arrangements in the attic, the cabinets, and other parts of your home.
Locate and Seal Any Holes or Cracks Where Rodents Could Gain Access
Are there any cracks around the foundation? Don’t assume they are too small for rodents to crawl through and gain access to your home. The same is true with any holes along the roof line or the spaces where the home’s frame meets the foundation. Use steel wool or caulk to fill in the cracks; both are effective deterrents.
Find and Seal Gaps Around Doors and Windows
Check the window frames and sashes for any small gaps. You can also use caulk to take care of those openings. Window stripping also works well around sashes and door jambs. Along with keeping rodents out this fall, you’ll also make it easier to keep the interior warm.
Screens Are Your Friends
Screens also create barriers that rodents are less likely to breach. Use screens on all the windows. If you have a chimney, have screens installed along the tops. The same approach applies to any vents that lead to the outside. Opt for metal screening, since rodents are less likely to chew through the screens.
If you have drain pipes that lead into the home, cover them with screening too. Rodents can easily use them to get into the house and exit at some other part of the plumbing system.
Do Have An Exterminator Inspect the Home
Along with your efforts, call an exterminator and arrange for a full home inspection. If there are any signs of activity, the exterminator can treat the home as well as the area surrounding the exterior. The exterminator may also notice some points of access that you overlooked. That provides you with the chance to seal those entry points before the rodents start looking for an autumn home.
Keeping rodents away this fall is good for you in a number of ways. Preparing the home properly means that no one is exposed to the bacteria and other health threats that come with an infestation. You also don’t have to worry about damaged electrical wiring, ruined packages of food, or insulation that’s soaked with urine and feces. Start today and your home will be safe from rodents throughout the fall and into the winter.