How to Keep Rats & Mice Out This Fall
Here in Northern California, rodents are one of the most common pest problems. They are even more common in the fall months. This is because rats and mice are drawn indoors when the temperature dips. They begin to seek out food, warmth, and shelter, all of which are easily found right inside your home. Rats and mice inside can be bad news, which is why it’s crucial to learn how to prevent them. The team at The Hitmen Termite & Pest Control knows how important it is to keep your family safe from rodents. We also know you want to feel comfortable in your home and enjoy the fall season without worrying about rats or mice! Keep reading for our expert information on how to keep rats & mice out this fall and all year long.
How Do Rats and Mice Get Indoors?
Rodents are not subtle pests and will quickly make their presence known. Rodents take shelter in the attic, basement, and garage. They also will infest kitchens, laundry rooms, and are highly likely to invade your trash cans if given the chance. Mice are able to squeeze through tiny openings, jump, and build nests in just about any room you can imagine. A rat or mouse problem often begins when the rodents get in through your chimney, pipes, air vents, and more. Once they’re indoors, they can easily spread and cause damage wherever they go. They also will spread germs and bacteria.
How to Keep Rodents Away in the Fall
Rats and mice will cause a ruckus in your property. Here are our top ways to keep them out:
- Cover all vents. Install mesh screens on your vents. Also consider installing screens on doors and windows.
- Use a tight-fitting lid on your trash cans. Rodents love to rummage in the garbage! If possible, keep your trash cans sealed and stored.
- Keep vegetation trimmed. Any tree branches or vines near the property will grant rodents easy access onto your roof.
- Protect your eaves. Fix any damaged roofing and use wire mesh to seal gaps in your eaves.
- Store food and items properly. Securely store food in tight-fitting containers with lids.
- Seal cracks and crevices. Use caulk or wire wool to cover up gaps and openings near pipes and other openings.
Long-Term Rodent Prevention in the Bay Area
Rats and mice may be especially troublesome in the fall, but they’re truly a year-round nuisance. Whether you want to stop an infestation in its tracks or prevent one altogether, the rodent exterminators at The Hitmen can help. Reach out to our experts today to learn more!