As fall approaches, cooler temperatures drive rodents and bugs inside your home, looking for a place to survive the winter. Both need food and warmth, and for rodents, nesting materials. Rodents serve a place in the ecosystem, but when they enter our homes they can carry disease and wreck havoc on electrical wiring. This can create a fire hazard. Here are 3 simple steps to keep them from coming inside and living in your home.
1) Deny Them Access
It’s all about “Denial”. Friends, we all know a little something about that! The kind of denial we’re talking about here is access denial, closing off the common access points rodents and bugs use to enter your home. Many of these things you can do yourself with a caulking gun, some hardware cloth, steel wool, a drill and possibly a can of spray foam.
Let’s start with an easy to fix, but often overlooked access point: door sweeps.
Common access points are around plumbing, gas lines and electrical conduit.
2) Deny Them Nesting Material
Keep rodents out of your crawl space! This will deny them access to insulation, a favorite nesting material. Check your crawl space door, plumbing lines, gas lines, and HVAC lines going into the crawl space to ensure there are no gaps bigger than a dime, (for mice that’s all they need). Check vents and ensure that all screening is intact and in place.
3) Deny Them Food
Make sure you store any pet food in rodent-proof containers. If you feed your pets outdoors, only feed them what they can eat in a day. Food left overnight, when rodents are active, encourages them to stick around your property. Other food sources to pay attention to are bird seeds, fruit falling on the ground, etc. Do what you can to keep these food items picked up.
At this point, you may be raring to get going on this project, or completely overwhelmed. IF you’re an avid DIYer, get after it and best of luck. If you get stuck and need help, we’re just a phone call or email away. If you don’t have the time or inclination, we offer a FREE analysis and will tell you what your home needs to be ready for winter. Call, email or fill out the form below and we’ll help you get “winter ready” and keep your home pest and rodent free.
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