Keeping rodents out of your home for the winter

Rodents can be very destructive when they get into your home or attic. They chew through wires, use the bathroom and are noisy. Keeping rodents out of your home in the winter can be as simple as taking a quick walk around your home. Here are a few quick tips for you to go through.

  • Seal all cracks and small openings outside of your house.
  • Replace old weather stripping around the windows and doors
  • Make sure firewood is at least 10-15 feet away from your house
  • Screen in your vents and chimney
  • Check roof around for any openings that need to be sealed
  • Keep basement dry and well ventilated
  • Check piping around home for proper seals (AC unit is a popular spot)

What Attracts Rodents?

Rodents invade homes, structures, and vehicles in order to find food and shelter and to build a nest for breeding. Poor sanitation or lack of cleanliness is not the cause of rodents, as many think. Rodents come inside your home when it is cold outside, and their typical food sources are in short supply. They are attracted to indoor supplies of livestock grain, pet food, and bird food, and human food. They will be attracted to any unsecured garbage containing food.

Rodent Infestation

With mice, it takes about four weeks to reach sexual maturity. Females can become pregnant each month, producing up to 40 babies per year. With rats, they can reach sexual maturity in about five weeks, and each female produces, on average, five litters a year consisting of 7-14 offspring. Due to their reproductive cycle, rodents can quickly take over and become more than just a nuisance in a relatively short period of time.

Signs of Rodents

The first sign of rodents is typically droppings entry. You can also see evidence of their gnawing or food pilfering. If there is a significant infestation, you may smell musky rodent urine. If you look closely in dark, out-of-the-way places in your basement or attic, you will probably find disturbed insulation and possibly oily rub marks where they travel along walls. When an electrical appliance fails because the rodents have chewed through the cord may be the only way to find out that rodents are in your home.

Destruction and Disease

Rodents chew on electrical cords and wires to satisfy their need to wear down their teeth, which constantly grow. This behavior can cause severe damage, and potentially it can start fires.

Mice and rats can also damage insulation, ductwork, and can cause structural damage with their gnawing. Their self-enlarged entry points can allow moisture to get in, resulting in mold and other water damage. They can decimate your food supply if they gain access to your food drawers or pantry. Rodents can also transmit dangerous diseases such as Rat Bite Fever, Hantavirus, Salmonellosis, Leptospirosis.

If you have any problems or issues with rodents, contact Houseman Services at 866-964-PEST as soon as possible so we can treat your home or property?

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