One of the best strategies against home invasions by rats and mice is to keep them from seeking shelter in your home in the first place. For instance, rodents are perfectly happy to remain outdoors during the warm summer months, but when nighttime temperatures begin to dip in autumn, they start looking for cozy places to spend the winter -- and that's when homeowners get busy sealing up any and all possible access points. However, many people find themselves dealing with invasions of rodents during the winter months either because they missed an access point or simply didn't realize that things needed to be sealed up. Following are three tips for dealing with rats and mice in the home during winter.
Don't Seal Access Points
Although it may be tempting to get out there and identify and seal up access points, doing so during winter will only serve to trap rodents inside your home. Cracks, crevices, holes, and other ways that rodents could possibly access your home interior should be sealed only after you are 100-percent positive that no rodents remain indoors. Seeking the assistance of rodent control services is recommended in instances where indoor rodent populations are high.
Don't Feed the Rodents
All trash should be placed in a sealed receptacle and removed from the home on a regular basis. Because rodents are nocturnal, taking the trash out at night is the best way to ensure that they don't enjoy midnight feasts from your garbage pail. Also, keep your kitchen and living areas free of leftover food and crumbs. One of the biggest mistakes, however, that otherwise vigilant homeowners make, is leaving pet food out at night. Rodents love pet food and could live off it indefinitely. If Fido or Fluffy doesn't eat all of his or her dinner, seal it up in a thick plastic bag before turning in for the night. Establish regular pet feeding times and optimal amounts so that leftover food isn't constantly in the bowl. Although some people like to leave food in their pets' dishes at all times, this strategy could easily lead to infestations of rodents.
Keep it Clutter Free
Keeping home interiors clutter free is also important when you're trying to discourage rodents from setting up shop in your house. Clutter of all types provides places for rodents to hide and make nests.
Contact a local pest control service if rodent infestations have become a problem in your home this winter.
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