With this time of year, we get our sweater and jacket season and think, “Yay! Cooler temperatures!” Well, we are not the only ones to notice the change in weather – So do mice and rats! These rodents are looking for access to your home for a warm and protected place to live and reproduce until Spring.
Many homeowners notice signs of a rodent in their home and assume it is no big deal. However, it is “comforting ” to know that ‘cute’ little mouse can birth as many as 12 babies every 3 weeks. Add this up, and it can become a big problem as rodents like to chew and what they chew can be electrical wires and stored foods .
As Yoda would say, “Not so cute no, the mice are they?”
Here are some tips to help keep these critters out of your home…
Close the Cracks.
Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home to help prevent rodents from finding easy entryways. Pay special attention to areas where utilities and pipes enter your home. Replace loose weather stripping and caulk around windows and areas in your foundation if you have a crawl space. Mice can enter through holes smaller than 1/2 inch.
Don't Give them Shelter.
Don’t build rodent attractions near your home ! Store any firewood at least 20 feet from your home and at least 6 inches off the ground. You will also want to trim shrubberies back from the house.
Hide the Food.
Rodents love clutter. Keep areas clear and store boxes off of the floor. Keep food (especially pet food) in rodent proof containers. . . . No , a cardboard box wont do. 🙂
Call in the Pros.
If you find rodent droppings or hears “sounds” of scurrying in walls or attics or see other signs of rodent activity , you can use glue boards or call a licensed professional to inspect and treat for the pests.