When the autumn months arrive, the pests, mice and rats specifically, are looking for a place to stay nice and warm. Unfortunately, many times this nice warm place is inside your home. There are some steps, however, that you can take to practice rodent control and keep these pests at bay. Of course, if you spot rodents in your home, it is always best to contact Quality Control, Inc. for professional rodent control!
- Keep branches and shrubs well-trimmed and away from your home. Overgrown shrubs and unruly wood piles are like a motel for rodents, providing the protection and warmth they are looking for during cooler months. Eliminating these things from your home’s perimeter will help prevent rats and mice from finding their way inside your home.
- Seal any cracks or holes you find in your home’s exterior. If you have unsealed holes in the exterior of your home, you may as well be putting out a welcome mat for rodents. When the weather turns cold, they will turn to the warmest place they can enter; in this case, that would be your home. If you notice any drafts in your house, that is an excellent place to begin checking for cracks or holes. Be sure to seal them properly to ensure proper rodent control.
- Store boxes and pet food off of the floor. Rodents will flock to food sources. Keeping pet food off the ground prevents food from attracting rodents to your home. In addition, storing boxes and other bulky items off the ground limits the areas they can seek out to build their autumn nests.