Mice and Rats are pretty smart little creatures. They know how to work hard and they prepare in advance for the rough times. Rodents are so smart, in fact, that they will spend the autumn months making sure that they will be able to meet their most basic needs of food, water, and shelter over the cooler months.
Rodents know that once the cold winds begin to blow that these very precious commodities will be scarce, so they plan for that eventuality. By now, these resourceful creatures are most likely already
tucked away in some attic, basement, or wall void where they can remain nice and toasty warm all winter long and have access to all the food they can dream of right there in the kitchen cupboards or on the pantry shelves. They aren't too worried about water, either. They are well aware of that slow drip in the pipe inside the kitchen wall - a drip that you are not even aware of yet. And they are not worried one single little bit about what the winter holds because they are pretty well set up living the high life perhaps right inside your home.
There are a few things that you can do in late summer and fall to ensure they cannot easily gain access to your home.
- Keep clutter in your yard to a minimum by removing leaves and other debris as soon as possible.
- Ensure that trash is stored in receptacles with tight-fitting lids and regularly removed from your property.
- Inspect your foundation and seal any cracks, gaps, or holes that are the size of a dime or larger; a tiny hole is all it will take for a mouse to squeeze in.
- Make sure that your exterior doors have door sweeps installed, and fix any gaps around utility entrances.
- Check the roofline. Rats will try to gain entrance there. Be sure that soffits and eaves are intact and that roof shingles are in good working order with no lifting, cracking, or wear.
- Fortify screens on attic windows and make sure there that the window framework is solid.
- Store food that is kept inside the home in storage, such as flour, pastas, cereals, and even pet food, in plastic or glass containers with tight lids.
- Clean out from under large appliances in your kitchen, and make sure crumbs and spills are quickly dealt with - even those crumbs that tend to gather under the toaster.
The only way to completely outsmart rodents like squirrels, mice, and rats is to put in place a year-round pest protection plan. Contact a rodent pest company that offers a monthly maintenance service, which is one of the most comprehensive, effective ways to eliminate rodents that are in your home or business.
These simple tips can really make a difference when dealing with pests throughout the fall and into the winter quickly.