As the weather turns colder and you start spending more time indoors, rodents are also looking for warm shelter. Unfortunately, your home provides the perfect place for rodents to wait out winter. If you don’t want to share your indoor space with these pests, be sure to follow these tips.
Seal Holes and Gaps
Rodents have the amazing ability to squeeze through tight spaces. A hole as small as a dime can provide enough room for them to wiggle into your home. Before temperatures drop too much, be sure to go around the exterior of your home and seal up any holes or cracks. Pay special attention to areas around doors and windows.
Store Firewood Away from the Home
If you enjoy a warm fire during the winter months, you may have a stockpile of wood ready to use. Rats, mice, and other rodents love a good woodpile, so you will want to make sure that the firewood is stored away from the home. It is also a good idea to elevate the wood about 18 inches off the ground to help prevent rodents.
Add a Brush Strip to Doors
Rodents may be coming right through your front door. If there is a tiny space under your door, which is especially common in older homes, they can slip right through. Adding a brush strip to doors can keep rodents out and keep the heat in.
It is important to keep branches from trees and shrubs away from the home. Before it gets too cold, spend some time doing a little landscaping so that rodents can’t climb overgrown plants and get right into your home.
Invest in Pest Control
Whether you are worried there is already an infestation or you want to be proactive about keeping rodents out this winter, a pest control expert can help. Call PMi Pest Management today to learn more about our services and schedule an appointment.