When weather reports are filled with snowy days and freezing temperatures, even the heartiest person enjoys the warmth and comfort of home. In an estimated 21 million U.S. homes, rodents – mice, rats, and squirrels – are also taking advantage of the heat and shelter a home provides.
It’s more than the nuisance of listening to little house guests scamper across ceilings and walls that’s the problem. Simply put, rodents can put your family at risk. They chew through wires, which can start electrical fires. Mice and rats carry at least 25 different types of diseases, including the deadly Hantavirus and bacteria that cause salmonella. They can even tear through the insulation that keeps your home nice and cozy.
Prevent Rodents from Moving In
The best way to stop rodents from destroying your home and health is to keep them out. Some preventative measures can be done anytime, even when there are several feet of snow on the ground. Others will may need to wait until spring. But all measures will help keep rodents outside where they belong, regardless of the season or weather.
- Seal off easy access points. Inspect the outside of your home for any cracks and crevices that would allow rodents indoors, and use silicone caulk to seal these potentially problematic areas. If you think the hole is too small, even for a mouse, remember: mice can wiggle through holes as small as a dime.
- Use steel wool on larger gaps inside your home. Rodents don’t like the coarse feeling of steel wool, and they can’t gnaw through it.
- Screen potential entry points. Attic vents and opening to chimneys are easy ways into your home, but screens keep rodents out.
- Keep up with basement repairs. Worn weather-stripping around basement windows and doors, and loose mortar around the foundation are also invitations indoors for rodents. Replace and repair these areas when needed.
- Properly landscape. Although you may have to wait until the spring thaw, make sure shrubs are trimmed and mulch is kept at least 15 inches from the foundation.
Get in the habit of checking these areas regularly and maintaining as needed.
Evict Rodents from Your Home
Even if you’ve protected your home from rodents, cold, harsh winters can still drive rodents indoors. If this happens, you’ll need to evict them from your home.
There are a number of rodent control methods with varying degrees of efficiency, from mouse traps to poison baits to ultrasonic and odorant repellants. Even keeping a clean house is a key rodent control method; rodents may come in to your house seeking warmth, but they are kept there by the crumbs of food left behind.
Of course, using do-it yourself methods can be helpful in controlling rodents, but to completely get rid of mice, rats, and squirrels, treatment usually requires professional services. Experienced companies know where to look for rodents and have an assortment of safe, professional-grade treatment and prevention options.
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