As the winter months approach, rodents will be looking for new places to nest down and outlast the cold. They need a place that will provide them with food, water, and shelter from the elements. Because they need these factors to survive, they’ll stop at nothing to find a good place to camp. Unfortunately, your home provides the perfect spot for them to live. As a homeowner, keeping your property safe is of the utmost importance. Preventing rodent infestations requires preparation and a thorough understanding of how to stop pest problems before they get out of hand. Keep reading to learn about how rodents get into your home and what you can do to stop them. 

How Do Rodents Get Into Your Home?

Mice and rats primarily enter houses by squeezing themselves through cracks in the walls, ceilings, and foundation of your home. Because of their size and flexibility, they have the natural ability to force themselves through openings that are much smaller than they are. Rodents can also work their way into your house by crawling through opened or unsealed windows. While their use of cracks is far more common, rodents have been known to take a leap through any unattended space if given the chance. Rodents can also weasel their way into sewage lines and pipelines. If there’s a way in, these pests will do everything in their power to find it. 

How Do You Stop Them?

When you’re defending your home against rodents, it’s crucial to pay attention to the little details. Inspect the outside of your home for any cracks or holes that might give rodents an opportunity to sneak in. Keep large plants, leaves, and garbage away from the exterior of your house; rodents are attracted to possible sources of warmth and food, and items like garbage bins will surely draw rodents closer to your home. On the inside of your property, make sure you clear out any clutter. Rodents can make homes in piles of clothing or trash very easily. Pick up exposed food and make sure any loose pet food is put in containers and not left out. Having pet food out in the open makes an easy target for vermin. Check your home for leaks and dripping so that no standing water is present inside. Exercise caution when installing traps or poisons as they can be dangerous to your family if used improperly. If you’re concerned about potential infestations, get in touch with professionals to ensure that the job gets done safely. 

If you’re dealing with rodents or other pest issues in your home, it’s time to reach out to the experts. Our team of professionals is prepared to handle your case with care and efficiency, so contact Orange Environmental today for all your pest control needs. Let’s work together to secure the peace of mind you’ve been looking for.