While rodents are a pest problem year-round, contrary to popular belief, they are most invasive during the winter months. Rats and mice seek shelter during the colder months and will typically look for places that provide sources of both warmth and food. It is important to understand rodent’s behaviors so that you can know how to best eliminate rats and mice from entering your home this winter.
Rats and mice are typically the most active at night, which can make them difficult to catch. During this time, they are usually gathering food or chewing on things around them. A common way to know if you have rodents in your house is scratching or gnaw marks left on pieces of furniture or even walls and baseboards. Rodents have a strong need to constantly gnaw on things to help keep their teeth from overgrowing. Though the damage is incredibly inconvenient, it makes identifying these pests a little easier.
Rodents will typically nest in areas that are hidden. Places such as basements, attics, crawl spaces, and even inside walls, provide insulation, safety, and access to food. While rodents nest, they may start to reproduce. Rodents have a rapid reproduction rate as a female can have up to five to six pups at a time. This can lead to a large infestation if not controlled properly.
Not only do rodents’ rapid reproduction rates cause a speedy response, but so does the fact that rodents’ droppings and urine carry diseases and unpleasant odors. By taking control of the rodent population in your area quickly, you can keep your home and family safe from these potential diseases.
Luckily, there are numerous things you can do to protect your home from a rodent infestation. Rodents will only ever be able to enter your home if there is an opening. During the winter months, perform thorough inspections of your home to ensure that any potential entry points are sealed and inaccessible to rats and mice. It is also crucial to be aware of any open doors or windows that could lead rodents inside your home.
Keeping your home tidy and clean will also help keep rodents away. Not only does this include the inside of your home but the landscaping of your home as well. Rodents are attracted to food sources and limiting these options to them, will make your home less appealing. If your yard has food sources that may attract rodents such as fruit-bearing trees or bushes, gardens, or even bird feeders, keep these areas clean and free of rotten fruits or vegetables.
By keeping your area clean and free of leftover food or trash, you can help detract rodents from your home this winter. If you are experiencing a rodent problem in or near your home, contact your local Insight Pest Solutions. Remember that by taking care of a few rodents in your area, you can save yourself the overwhelming stress that comes with a quick-growing rodent infestation.