As the temperature starts to decrease at night, rats and mice begin to look for a warm place to spend the winter. Often this means the nearest heated building that may provide shelter and a reliable food source. Rats and mice carry a number of diseases and can quickly wreak havoc on your property. Here are five things you can do to prevent them from getting in your home this winter.
Weatherize your Doors and Windows
Rats and mice can squeeze their bodies through very small spaces If you want to prevent them from coming into your home, it is important to seal any cracks that you may find around your windows and doors. You can install special tape to your door so that it fits snug in its frame. This will help with drafts and also prevent mice and rats from entering your home.
Clean Your Garage
Many people will store their pet food and other items in their garage. If you make these items less accessible by storing them in containers that the mice cannot eat through, you are less likely to have a problem with the rodents. You should make sure that any trach cans in or around your garage seal tightly, and keep them closed since they are a source of food for rodents and other animals.
Keep Your Attic, Basement and Crawl Space Clean and Dry
If you can keep these areas of your home clean and dry, you will provide fewer places for the animals to nest. It is also important that rats and mice have an easily available water source. If you can eliminate these option in your home, then you are less likely to attract rats and mice.
Store Food in Airtight Containers
Keeping the food in containers that make it difficult for rats and mice to access will help to keep them from invading your home. If you have food storage in your home for emergencies or in general, it is even more important to protect your food by choosing the right containers.
Install Exclusion Barriers
Exclusion barriers can help prevent mice and other rodents from entering your home. Some common entry points include bathroom vents, dryer vents and any weak areas in your foundation. There are a number of different products available to prevent mice from entering. The key is to look for something that they cannot chew through.
Deal with a Problem Right Away
If you notice the signs of mice or rats, such as dropping or chewed food or clothing, you need to address the problem right away. Setting your own traps and disposing of the mice can be dangerous. If you spread poison, you may end up with a dead carcass in a hard to reach area. The best solution is to contact the rodent control experts at EcoTek, who can come trap the pests. In addition, they can help with clean up and decontamination. Our expert technicians can identify the problem areas of your home, that you may not be aware of and install exclusion barriers which should prevent new rodents from entering your home.