How Rodents Could Try to Get Inside Your Home in Winter
December 14, 2018
Rodents are resourceful and adept at finding ways to get inside homes if they want to. Your Texas home could be offering the perfect place for shelter and food as the temperatures drop this winter. But there are prevention steps you can take to make it as difficult as possible for rodents to get in. Learning the common points of entry for rodents is key in trying to keep them out. If that fails, or if you just don’t want to deal with it yourself, professional pest control experts are your best bet.
Common points of entry for rodents include the following:
- Cracks in siding or foundations
- Around pipes or utility wires that go in and out of the home
- Through tears in screens
- Under doors, including garage doors (especially if there are no door sweeps)
- Vents that are lacking screens
- Soffits or roof lines
- Here are some basic prevention steps to stop rodents from getting inside:
- Repair any cracks, torn screens, or other areas of disrepair.
- Add metal screens to vents and put chimney caps in place.
- Seal around pipes and utility wires with something that rodents won’t chew, steel wool works well.
Install door sweeps.
- Remove trash, pet food, compost, and any other food source that might attract rodents.
Even if you take precautions to seal up all these entry points, rodents may still get in. Rodents have an innate need to chew and gnaw and will chew right through siding, concrete, brick, wood, and just about any other material other than copper or steel. When they are looking for food, water, or a warm nesting site, they can be relentless in their desire to come indoors.
Because of the difficulty in keeping rodents out and the danger in trying to remove them yourself, it’s best to leave rodent prevention and removal to the experts. A year-round pest control plan from Innovative Pest Control will help you prevent rodents. We will review, with you, steps and techniques to help keep rodents out and then will use proven methods to trap rodents that have gotten in. If you already have a rodent problem, please call us right away so we can help you keep your East Texas home and your family safe! Call us anytime to choose a year-round protection plan that is right for your family.