Rodent Prevention for Your Home This Winter
Compared to the rest of the country, Northern California certainly has more mild winters. But that doesn’t mean residents in the North and East Bay Area are safe from winter pest infestations! In fact, rodent problems are at their highest this time of the year. This is because rats and mice will squeeze their way into your home to escape the dropping temperatures outside. The best way to prevent a rodent infestation is to safeguard your home, limiting their chances of getting indoors! Read on to pick up expert tips from Western Exterminator, formerly Hitmen on rodent prevention for your home this winter.
Are Rodents Active in the Winter?
Many people think that animals and pests hibernate during the winter, but that’s not true for all pests! However, this is not the case for rats and mice, who remain active throughout the year. In fact, The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has reported that 21 million homes in the U.S. are invaded by rodents each winter! And once inside, they can cause a lot of destruction and may even spread disease with their droppings.
Rats and mice can squeeze their way indoors easier than you may want to believe, which is why it’s so important to learn how to seal your property against them.
Rodent-Proof Your Home in 8 Spots
There are eight spots in particular around your home that are known to contribute to rodent intrusions:
- Roof: Replace & repair shingles or any other damage
- Vents: Cover all vents securely
- Screens: Fix or replace any damaged window, door, or porch screens
- Vegetation: Keep a tidy yard and cut tree limbs back away from your home
- Gutters: Clean debris from gutters and downspouts
- Outside: Securely seal trash cans and keep a clean yard
- Garage: Make sure your garage closes flush to the ground
- Foundation: Seal any cracks or crevices larger than a dime
Protection from Rats & Mice
Rodent problems are a fact of life throughout the entire year in the Bay Area. If you’ve done all you can to prevent rats and mice but still have a problem, it’s time to call the rodent exterminators at Western Exterminator, formerly Hitmen. We specialize in preventing pest problems before they begin, making us your local leaders in rodent control and removal. To learn more about keeping rats and mice out of your home during the winter and all year long, give our team a call today!