Humans are not the only species on the planet that get cold and need shelter to survive in extreme weather. When the temperature outside begins to drop, rodents and insects begin their hunt for warmth. Though many animals and pests find shelter in a burrow or nest, far too many find their way to the inside of your home.
Take a look at the following rodent and insect exclusion techniques below to learn just how you can help protect your home from outside critters this season.
SEAL IT UP!
Rodents such as house mice can squeeze their body through a hole or opening as small as ¼ of an inch while insects such as spiders can typically get through any space light can travel. Because of this, it is very important to go through the inside and outside of your home to look for places to seal so that pests can’t enter your home. Popular entry points include unsealed doors and windows, gaps around pipes, gaps in crawl space or attic vents, unsealed gaps around garage doors, and gaps around sewer drains.
In addition to sealing up the holes and cracks in your home, it is also a good idea to go through your food to make sure that all food is sealed. Rodents and insects are not only looking for shelter during extreme temps, but they are also looking to keep themselves nourished.
STOP THE WATER FLOW
A water source can also be very attractive to pests during extreme weather. Leaking faucets, pipes, and drains should be inspected. Most small leaks can be fixed by adding caulk or other sealant. Since water is necessary for the survival of rodents and insects, cutting off their water supply and making it more difficult for them to make themselves at home is just one step in making sure they don’t infiltrate your home.
CLEAN UP OUTDOORS
Many plants and shrubs do tend to die down as winter gets near. However, if you notice any greenery near your home, trim it as much as possible so that it is not touching the house. Leaving plants and trees too close to the home offers many rodents and insects a clear-cut way into your home. If there are several plants, it may be difficult for you to detect exactly how pests are getting into your home.
HOME AND HEALTH RISKS
Once inside of your home, rodents, and insects not only become an unwanted stress, but they can cause serious damage to the home and may even put you and your family’s health at risk. Because rodents and insects carry disease, it is very important that you take the necessary steps to keep them out of your home completely.
In addition to causing health problems, rodents such as rats can cause serious damage to your home. One example of possible property damage due to rodents such as mice and rats entering the home is damage to electrical wiring. These types of rodents like to burrow themselves inside of your walls where many of your electrical wires run. If they begin to gnaw on electrical wires, they could start a house fire.
CALL THE PROFESSIONALS
Although these techniques are simple, it’s always a good idea to call in the professionals to give your home a full inspection. The highly trained technicians at Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. work each day battling pest and pest infestations. Their experience allows them to see past the ordinary and spot small cracks and holes rodents and insects use to gain entrance into your home and business that you may not notice. They will also know exactly what to do and how to manage the situation once pests have been detected.
From Mountain Home to Mountain View to Fayetteville and everywhere in between, Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. has the tools, techniques, and experience to eliminate pests and help you prevent rodent and insects from entering your home or business. Give us a call at 1-888-863-0206 to learn more about Hopper’s Pest Control Services and how they can help.