Rodent on the roof. Pioneer Pest Management in Portland OR and Vancouver WA talks about how rodents get into homes.

Insulating your pipes isn’t the only thing you need to worry about when the temperatures dip. Rodents are another concern. Although rodents are a year-round pest, this time of year is when they’re out looking for warm and safe places to live.

Rodents are not only a nuisance, but they transmit diseases, they chew on nearly everything, and they carry parasites. You do not want these disgusting pests in your home.

Fortunately, Pioneer Pest Management is here to help. In this article, we’ll look at how rodents get into homes and offer ways you can help keep them out.

Rodent Entry Points

When it comes to figuring out how rodents are getting into your home, you’ll want to keep in mind their size. Small rats can fit into holes the size of a quarter, while mice can fit into holes the size of a dime. Rodents are also skilled climbers. Walk around your home and identify any space that could act as an entry point for rodents. Common areas include:

  • Dryer vents
  • Soffit vents
  • Holes where utilities enter the home
  • HVAC drain pipes
  • Eave gaps
  • Behind fascia boards
  • Crawl space vents
  • Foundation cracks
  • Around windows and doors
  • Underneath your garage door

How to Keep Rodents Out

  • Seal holes with rodent-proof materials
  • Practice proper food storage, using airtight containers
  • Maintain cleanliness
  • Keep your outdoor trash covered
  • Trim shrubs around your home
  • Trim tree branches away from your home
  • Declutter
  • Remove pet food
  • Repair water leaks

Experts in Rodent Control

Rodents are small and cunning. If your home has the food and security they’re looking for, they’ll do whatever it takes to get inside. If you’ve spotted signs of rodents in your home or want professional help with keeping rodents out, contact your local pest control company like Pioneer Pest Management. Pest control technicians have a unique understanding of rodents. They’ll safely and effectively treat and help prevent rodent infestations.