One of the most common winter wildlife pests that homeowners come across is rodents. These creatures are searching for food, water, and shelter, elements that can all be found in our homes. If these pests enter your home, they can cause significant damage and bring health risks to your family. Wildlife control is easier than you think; check out our tips for preventing rodents this winter!
Kitchen Clean Up
Once rodents, like Norway rats or house mice, find a food source, they will continue to return for more! It’s crucial to keep your kitchen tidy and clean up all leftover food crumbs and spills. Common areas to clean and keep an eye out for are under the refrigerator, stovetops, countertops, dining room table, and more. It’s always a good rule of thumb to clean up after any meal, sweep under tables, wipe down surfaces, and wash and put away dishes.
Sealing Points of Entry
Rodents are known to squeeze through the smallest gap or holes, leading into basements, attics, and your main living areas. To effectively keep these creatures from entering, it’s important to seal off any openings throughout your home. Inspect both the home’s interior and exterior for openings larger than ¼-inch, sealing them with caulk. Check your window screens for tears and openings, sealing where needed. Additionally, examine areas where pipes enter the home, filling them with mesh and caulk.
Stocking up on firewood during the colder months is essential when you’re looking to utilize your fireplace to create a cozy, warm environment. Unfortunately, if the firewood is not stored properly it could lead to a rodent infestation. Rats and mice tend to hide in firewood, as it can go undisturbed for periods. Always store your firewood at least 20 feet away from your house and avoid leaning it against your home. Additionally, when storing firewood, look to elevate the logs at least 18 inches off the ground. Before bringing the wood in, always inspect it first for rodents and other household pests such as termites, ants, and roaches.
If you suspect you have a rodent problem or want to get ahead of rodent prevention, consider calling McCall Service! Our Wildlife Professionals can evaluate your home, remove any wildlife creatures, and provide recommendations for wildlife prevention in the future.