Keeping Mice And Rats At Bay This Winter
As winter comes closer in South Carolina, our cozy homes become oh-so inviting to us… and some unwanted pests—mice and rats. These resourceful rodents seek refuge from the cold, often making our homes their winter haven. Once in a home or building, a small mouse population can quickly swell into an infestation that multiplies and cramps your space, spreads disease, and defecates everywhere. Just like us, pests love warmth during the cooler months, and understanding how to keep your home safe is crucial for winter pest prevention. No one wants unwanted pests during the coziest time of year. Here are a few tips for keeping mice and rats at bay this winter.
Seal Doors and Windows
The first line of defense against mice and rats is to seal potential entry points. A rodent’s most effective attacks come from the exterior walls of your home, so it is important to conduct a thorough inspection of these areas. Pay attention to gaps around doors, windows, vents, and utility penetrations. Use weather stripping, caulk, or steel wool to seal these openings and prevent rodents from finding a way in.
Keep Track Of Your Pantry
Practice mindful food storage by keeping pantry items in airtight containers and promptly cleaning up crumbs and spills. Secure pet food in sealed containers and avoid leaving food out overnight. Mice and rats are expert foragers, and a readily available food source is a strong attractant.
Also, it’s important to be mindful of open holes or cracks in the walls. While they may seem too small, mice can fit through cracks less than one inch wide!
Outdoor Winter Cleanup
An untidy outdoor space is more than just an eyesore; it creates a haven for rodents. A cluttered space can seem like the perfect nesting spot for mice, especially hidden away from the winter chill. Remember to keep the perimeter of your home clear to reduce potential curiosity from pests. This includes firewood, unused appliances, tarps, and more.
If you are considering a project that involves new construction or repairs, consider using rodent-resistant materials. Construction can bring holes, cracks, and unwanted openings to your home. These are perfect ways for rodents to take advantage of your house.
Steel mesh can be used to cover vents and openings, making it challenging for mice or rats to gnaw their way through. These proactive measures add an extra layer of protection for your home.
Just like you may hate the smell of certain candles, rodents have their own opinions on specific scents. These pests are sensitive to potent smells, including citrus, peppermint, and clove. Because of that, these scents can be used as a natural deterrent! A few drops of essential oils or lighting candles can prevent rodents from sticking around.
Consult a Professional
While getting rid of a rat can seem as simple as setting down some traps, it can get serious very quickly.
You know what they say, seeing one rat can mean there are hundreds in your walls. If you believe you have a rat or mouse infestation, it is best to consult a professional. At Best Home Property Services, we have the ability to get into those tight spaces, ensuring your home is ready for the winter.
Keeping Mice And Rats At Bay With Best Home Property Services
As winter settles in, a proactive approach to rodent prevention becomes crucial. By fortifying your home, eliminating attractants, and staying vigilant, you can keep mice and rats at bay, ensuring a peaceful and pest-free winter in South Carolina. Remember, a few strategic steps now can save you from the hassle of dealing with a larger rodent problem later. Stay warm, stay vigilant, and keep your home rodent-free!
The professionals at Best Home & Property Services are here to help you ensure your new home is pest-free. Think you may have a pest problem? Give us a call at 843-236-3065 or get a FREE QUOTE right online.