Guess who moved in for Winter!
Are you being kept awake by scratching, scurrying or gnawing sounds? If you are hearing the noise predominantly in the middle of the night, you almost certainly are sharing your home with rats or mice.
As the weather cools, they tend to look for the most appealing and warmest spots to weather the winter months. Unfortunately, that usually means moving into our homes, if possible. Not all mice and rats carry diseases, but many do.
Maintaining a clean and healthy home is incredibly important, so keeping them vermin free can greatly contribute to that. Here are some other precautions to take:
Fix Leaks in Plumbing
Rodents get thirsty too, and they're unlikely to resist the temptation of dripping water. Rodents may even create small nests near the openings of pipes that provide them with a secure home and easy access to water sources.
Always fix leaks right away, and check under your sinks monthly to catch plumbing failures before they become a pest problem.
Seal Cracks and Crevices
Mice can fit through alarmingly small spaces. Check your home annually for cracks or gaps near windows, doors, plumbing, pet doors, and chimneys. Secure any openings to prevent an unwanted infestation.
Upgrade your Food Storage
Rodents love warm spaces that provide easy access to food and protection from predators.
Store your food in airtight containers. This will help make it much harder for mice/rats to access it or recognize it as a possible food source.
Get rid of Clutter
Rodents love clutter since it provides a great space to hide from predators and lots of materials for a nest. Finding evidence of rodents is also easier if you don’t have to dig through piles of belongings.
Cover your trash with a tight fitting lid
Feed your pets on a schedule, rather than leaving out food
Keep your yard clean, stack firewood away from the house and keep bushes and plants weed free
If you’re losing the fight against mice in your house, it’s better to call upon your professional allies – Expert Pest control, our technician are trained to help manage all rodents and similar pests. Since every building or home is different, your technician will design a unique program for your situation.