What Fall Weather Means for Rodents

As the temperatures start to drop in fall, rodents start seeking shelter inside people’s homes, and nothing can spoil a fantastic autumn season than having to contend with rodents that are running around the house. But, there are ways you can combat this issue by taking a few proactive steps.

Do not Neglect the Outside of the House

To truly keep rodents at bay, your first line of defense is the outside of your house. Start by sealing any cracks and holes on the exterior of your home. Pay particular attention to areas where utilities and pipes enter the house. Also, keep your firewood a safe distance from the house. Rodents like to hide in wood plies and if you have one too close to the house, it will be quite easy for one or more to make its way into the house.

Seal Your Doors and Windows

Rodents can sneak into your house through the smallest of spaces. So, to keep them out, your entrances must be properly sealed. Rodents are attracted to spaces that let warm air through, so seal the areas around your doors and windows that may be letting warm air escape.

Place Screens Over Your Vents

Do a thorough search of your house and place screens over every vent you find. Pay particular attention to any appliances that use water, as they each must have a ventilation system, whether you realize it or not. If the vents are not properly sealed with a vent, rodents can easily travel through them and invade your home.

Clear Your House of Clutter

A cluttered basement is a welcome invitation to rodents, as it gives them someplace warm and dark to hide. On the other hand, a clean basement lets rodents know you are there and that they are not welcome. You can easily declutter your home by first picking up and bags and boxes you have laying around and getting rid of them or storing them someplace out of the way. Also, try to keep your floors free of random objects to help ensure rodents will not want to venture out in the open. Do not forget to dust and vacuum the house on a regular basis to keep crumbs and other incentives for rodents at a minimum.

If you want to be sure your house is free of rodents this fall, your best bet is to call in a professional pest control company to make sure the job is done right. Contact Orange Environmental Service today so you can rest assured you will not have rodents tomorrow.

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