Winter is a time of year when no one wants to be left outside in the cold, especially rodents. In fact, it’s estimated that rodents invade around 21 million homes in the U.S. every winter. Once in your home, these small furry pests can spread pathogens and bacteria, putting you and your family at risk for various diseases, including salmonella and Hantavirus. Moreover, rodents can cause damage throughout your home from their gnawing habits.
It’s much easier to prevent a pest infestation than it is to treat one, so here are some helpful tips from Pioneer Pest Management to help keep rodents away from your home this winter.
Eliminating rodent attractants is a big first step toward keeping rodents away. Store all of your food in plastic airtight containers, throw out your trash regularly, and clean up crumbs and other potential attractants. Additionally, don’t keep pet food out all day–whether inside or outside.
Seal Entry Points
Mice and rats can fit into holes the size of a dime and quarter respectively, so it’s important to seal all cracks and holes leading into your home. This includes chimneys, vents, and holes where utility lines enter your home. You’ll also want to replace damaged weatherstripping around doors and windows.
Eliminate Water Sources
Rodents, like us, need water to survive. If you have a leak in your home, they may find it. This is why it’s important to keep your plumbing maintained. Clear clogged drains and repair leaky pipes in your home. Also, check around your water heater for leaks.
Rodents will seek shelter in cluttered areas, which is why you commonly find them in attics, basements, and garages. Keep your storage areas organized using durable plastic containers rather than cardboard boxes. Rodents often use cardboard, paper, and insulation for nests.
Trim Back Shrubs
Your yard can also be inviting rodents. Tree branches that hang over your roof give roof rats access while overgrown shrubs near your foundation provide harborage for mice. Trim overhanging branches and shrubs that hug your home to help keep rodents away.
Professional Rodent Control in Portland OR
Practicing proper prevention techniques can help you avoid a nasty infestation. If you’re interested in professional rodent control or are dealing with a rodent infestation in your Portland OR or Vancouver WA area home, the pest control team at Pioneer Pest Management can help. We provide safe and effective rodent control services. Schedule your inspection today!