Summer will soon be coming to an end, and as the weather starts cooling down, things in your house may start warming up. In order to stay warm in the fall and winter, rodents are moving indoors to stay warm for those chilly winter nights. You may think your house is boarded up tight, but tiny mice, find a way to enter your home through small cracks and holes that you don’t see.
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Rodents can exist on merely crumbs in your home, so you may not notice the presence of one or two, but if you don’t take precaution you could end up with a full-blown rodent infestation overnight. The key to keeping rodents at bay this fall and winter is preparing the inside and outside of your home. Here’s Dynasty Pest Control’s guide on how to keep rodents from entering your home.
Inspect Your Home for Rodents
Just doing a simple glance over your home to see if there are any entry points for a rodent infestation is not enough. You need a thorough interior and exterior inspection to correctly identify where the pests are entering your home. If you’re not sure where to even start, our team will thoroughly inspect your home for you. Rodents can enter your home through any entry points that are bigger than a ½ inch (about the size of a dime).
Seal Your House
Doors, windows, etc. If you and your family tend to leave your front door, windows or garage door open, you could be inviting rodents directly into your home. The second you stop paying attention, mice are looking for ways to sneak into your home.
Rodents tend to always find a way to sneak through screen doors that have holes in them. Even if the hole is the size of your fingernail, tiny mice can slide right through. Keep your doors, windows and screen doors closed at all times. If you have a door or window that won’t close all the way, or has a gap between the window and the frame, seal it with steel wool or hardware cloth.
Inspect Your Foundation
The foundation of your house is everything, but if there’s cracks in your walls near windows and entryways, it might be allowing rodents to enter your home. Walk around the outside perimeter of your home to inspect for any cracks or holes that mice like to wiggle through.
- Seal any holes you find that are bigger than 1/4 inch. Be sure to use sturdy material, such as sheet metal to repair your home. Mice can easily chew through weak materials and enter your house with no problem.
- Check the wall that separates your garage from the rest of your house. This tends to be a spot that mice like to sneak through.
Keep Your Home Clean on the Inside & Outside
By keeping your home clean on the inside and outside, you’re minimizing available food and water that feeds the rodents. If the pests don’t have any food and water to survive, they’ll find another place to call home. Tiny mice or other pests won’t have any place to hide if you keep your lawn and other vegetation outside your home thinned out, and cut low. Also, remove clutter and any debris, such as wood piles, that creates hiding places rodents can use as harborage sites.
Make sure all your food is stored and sealed properly, especially grains and pet food. Place food in sealed metal or heavy-duty plastic containers, and dispose of garbage regularly. Remove all clutter from your home, such as piles of clothing, boxes of old cookware, piles of old magazines and cardboard boxes.
Clutter to Avoid:
- Boxes of plates, glasses, pots and pans you’ve been meaning to sell or get rid of at the next yard sale might be attracting mice to your basement or storage room.
- Piles of clothing. Whether you’ve been meaning to donate your clothes, or just forgot about the pile, mice might be soon calling this home. Even if your clothes are in a bag, they can still be susceptible to being used as a rodent nest. Store the clothes you don’t wear much in a wooden chest, or plastic bins.
- Stacks of magazines, newspapers, or other papers. These old paper publications are the perfect place for mice to make nests.
- Cardboard boxes. These flimsy boxes are no challenge for mice; they can chew right through the material, so be sure not to leave them on the floor.
- Cans, bottles or other old storage containers. Mice may be attracted to the smell of the food residue on these old food containers.
- Old furniture. That old couch that’s been sitting in your garage may now be home to mice. Instead of letting old furniture collect dust in your garage, basement or attic, get rid of it. Any cloth material, especially that isn’t used often, could be a cozy home for mice. Now might be the time to get rid of that old loveseat gathering dust in the basement.
Let Nature Do Its Thing
Another solution to prevent a rodent infestation from happening in your home or yard is to place natural herbs, such as bay leaves or mint, around your home. It may sound silly, but mint plants planted around your windows and doors will repel mice. You could also sprinkle peppermint or spearmint essential oil around your house to deter pests.
If you spot evidence of a rodent infestation, don’t hesitate to handle the problem or call for professional help. Rodents tend to reproduce quickly, and one or two can potentially turn into a full-blown infestation.