It’s getting cold and there are creatures out there looking for warm places to live! The National Pest Management Association estimates that about 21 million homes are invaded by rodents in the winter… gross. You don’t want to be worried about hiding your rat problem while your family visits for the holidays. Thankfully, Hopper Termite and Pest is here to give you some advice on what you can do to prevent rodent infestations this winter.
WHERE DO THEY COME FROM??
The outside.. Duh! But there are some common locations that rats and mice like to enter your home. You want to find potential spots they could enter from and make sure to cover these areas to make sure they can’t come in. Places to watch out for are below:
• Broken or missing foundation vent screens
• Broken or missing attic vent screens
• Overlapping roof tiles
• Open wooden meter boxes (in older homes)
• Spaces between the roof jack and vent pipe
• Under or on sides of your garage door
• Brick chimneys which have settled away from the house
• Crawl holes with poorly fitted lids
• Broken or open building sewers which connect to the main sanitary sewer
• Even sometimes through toilets!
WHAT CAN I DO?
Rodents are more than just unwanted visitors. They can carry disease and can cause damage to your home’s structure, any electric wiring, clothes or boxes in storage, etc. Not to mention all the scampering you hear around the house at night. You want to keep them out! Preventing them from entering can be easy if you make a regular habit of these few simple suggestions: