As the weather changes and the temperature drops in the fall, rodents are on the lookout for  warm, secure places to hide from the cold. For many, the perfect spot often looks to be your home.  Don’t let rodents sneak into your house this season —instead, carefully follow these preventative measures in order to keep your house rodent free!

Fill in Gaps: Rodents can easily squeeze their way in through any holes and gaps around your property in search of food and safety. The warmth that escapes your home as the season grows colder is a tempting invitation for rodents to move in. By tightly filling in gaps, homeowners can ensure that rodents are not able to initiate pest control issues.

Remove Food Sources: Food is one of the primary motivations for rodents to enter your home. If you’re looking for ways to keep rodents out of your house, one of the simplest ways is to remove any available food sources. Don’t leave your pet food outside and keep all of your garbage closely contained. Inside your house, keep any perishable food in your refrigerator or in tight containers. Rodents have a sharp sense of smell, so don’t leave food out overnight. Reduce easily accessible sources of food and water within and around your home.

Trim Trees: Long tree branches and thick bushes are an easy way for rodents to find entrance into your home. They provide convenient pathways for rodents to access your homes roof or foundation. Keep rodents out of your house by doing some preventative maintenance and trimming down any foliage that is close to your house.

Lay Down Traps: Traps can help get rid of any rodents that have worked their way into your home. When purchasing rodent traps for your home, carefully browse the whole selection of available options. Many different types of rat traps are specifically designed to be safe around small children and dogs. Also consider the various disposal options.

Put Down Poison (Carefully): Rodent poison can be effective —but dangerous. Be careful when setting down any baits and poison outside of your home. Never put it inside your home. You could run the risk of the poison getting transmitted to unwanted areas around your home. Even outside of the home, it is crucial to be cautious of any pets and small children that might be able to access the poison. 

Call For Help: Sometimes DIY pest control solutions are simply not effective. The help of a certified pest control specialist can go a long way in tackling any rodent infestation in your home. Professionals have the tools and experience to provide both preventative pest control measures as well as help with pest infestation removal in case the need arises.

A rodent infestation can significantly damage your home and pose a potentially serious health risk to you and your family. If these preventative pest control measures are not effective and rodents are able to enter your property, don’t hesitate to call for the help of a professional pest control specialist!