Fall isn’t all pumpkin spice lattes and cozy flannels. With the changing of the season comes changes of creatures’ habits around our homes as well. As the weather cools rodents begin invading your home in search of a warmer place to set up shop for winter.
This fall, be one step ahead of rodents with the help of 1st Styrke. We want to help you by providing extensive rodent control services, but even before you have a rodent issue, there are ways to help keep them at bay. Here are some fall rodent prevention tips to keep those pests out of your home.
Seal Points of Entry
One of the most effective ways to keep rodents out of your home this fall is by taking the time to seal up any possible points of entry in and around your home. Despite the size that both rats and mice can get to be as adults, they can still squeeze into any opening larger than ¼” despite their size.
There are plenty of points of entry opportunities around your home. Check out areas such as:
- Window screen tears
- Piping gaps
- Cracks in walls
Our certified technicians at 1st Stryke undergo rigorous training to identify potential entry points to your home whenever in doubt.
Maintain Your Landscaping
It might seem silly, but maintaining your landscape is often an overlooked tactic to help keep rodents out. As the fall leaves start accumulating on your lawn, be sure to get them cleaned up as quickly as possible.
Other landscaping techniques to help keep rodents at bay include:
- Trim away extending branches that might come near your home
- Cut back overgrown vegetation
- Remove accumulations of leaves throughout your yard
Store Away All of Your Food
Keeping all of your countertops clear of any food remnants or residues is another way to help prevent rodents from being attracted to your home. This tip is especially crucial during fall, as rodents look for warmer environments with food to provide them as they begin moving inside for winter.
- Store any pet food the same way you do your own
- Make sure that all of your food items are properly sealed
- Keep an eye out for hard-to-reach places, like underneath large kitchen appliances
Remove Any Clutter
While your primary household might be clutter-free, ensure you don’t overlook less common areas like your attic, basement, and garage. Clutter around your home is where rodents thrive because it offers them so many different convenient hiding spots.
If you have multiple boxes in storage together, this too can be inviting for the pesky critters. Whenever possible, elevate this type of storage off the ground to make it less appealing for them.
Install Sweeps or Brush Strips
Sweeps or brush strips are not only a great way to help keep rodents out of your home but are also a great way to help keep your warm air in. If you have concerns about the installation, there are adhesive strip backings available. Otherwise, call our technicians at 1st Stryke today to help you rodent-proof your home for the winter months.
Keep Firewood off the Ground
Because firewood is a popular nesting place for rodents, keep it at least 18” off the ground, making it difficult for them to access. Whenever possible, store firewood as far away from your house.
Let the rodent experts at 1st Stryke assist you in rodent-proofing your home. Give us a call today at (877) 787-9531 for your complimentary quote on rodent control in your home.