November 14, 2018
Summer is in the rearview mirror and winter is quickly approaching. As fall continues, many animals are busy making their final preparations for winter and, believe it or not, you might have a lot more to do with those preparations than you realize.
As rodents realize that the weather is getting colder and food supplies are becoming more scarce, they may decide that your Fulshear home looks a little too inviting to pass up for winter lodging. Which rodents should you look out for this time of year, and how can you prevent them from getting inside? We’ll cover both of those questions below.
Which Rodents Might Try to Enter Your Fulshear Home
Mice, rats, and squirrels are the three biggest offenders when it comes to home invasion here in Fulshear. They are all small enough to fit through even the tightest of spaces - mice can squeeze through a dime-sized opening, and rats can fit through a quarter-sized opening - making it easier than you’d expect for them to gain entry to your house.
If mice, rats, or squirrels do get into your home, they’ll typically nest within wall voids, between floors, or in secluded storage areas. Although they’ll make themselves scarce when your family is active so you are unlikely to see them, there will be signs that they’re present.
You may hear scratching in the walls or ceiling at night. You may find droppings left behind from their nighttime food runs. You might observe greasy dirt marks along your baseboards where they ran.
How to Prevent Rodents From Entering Your Fulshear Home
Rodents are not simply pests. They will chew through walls and insulation, damaging your home and possessions. They may bite on electrical wiring, causing a fire hazard. They could even contaminate your home, leaving you susceptible to disease and illness.
There are preventative measures you can take in order to keep mice, rats, and squirrels from getting into your house.
- Maintain your property. Rodents prefer areas where they can hide. If your grass is kept short and you don’t have wood, leaf, or brush piles near the house, they’ll have fewer reasons to be near your home in the first place.
- Keeping trees trimmed back from your house will also deter rodents that enjoy climbing from getting onto your roof and into your house in that manner.
- Check around your home for openings. As stated earlier, mice can fit through a dime-sized hole, so you’ll want to fill even the smallest openings you find. Look for cracks in the foundation, holes in your siding, and gaps around windows and doors. You’ll also want to cover vents and cap your chimney.
- Inside, keep clutter to a minimum. Just like maintaining your yard gives rodents fewer places to hide outside, keeping clutter down inside has the same effect.
- Don’t leave food out. Put it in the refrigerator or in sealed containers in your pantry.
- Sweep up crumbs and clean spills and messes as soon as they happen.
- Keep countertops and dishes clean.
What to Do if Rodents Enter Your Fulshear Home
While taking preventative measures will go a long way in ensuring rodents don’t get inside, it could still happen. If you do discover mice, rats, or squirrels in your home, it’s important to call a professional pest control company like Modern Pest Control.
Modern Pest Control experts have both the knowledge and equipment to take care of the problem right the first time. While DIY methods often fail or only partially work, we guarantee our services. Give us a call to learn more about our residential pest control options.