Rodent infestations are a problem throughout the entire year, but they’re especially common during Washington winters. When the weather cools down, rats and mice look to escape the weather outdoors by entering homes and businesses. According to The National Pest Management Association (NPMA), 21 million homes in the U.S. are invaded by rodents each winter! To protect your property from rodents this time of year, it’s important to thoroughly inspect your home and make repairs to keep them from getting indoors. Keep reading for top tips on rodent prevention from the exterminators at Western Exterminator, formerly Pratt Pest.
Do Rats & Mice Hibernate?
Although many types of animals and even some pests hibernate in the winter, rats and mice do not. In fact, they likely will appear more active than ever as they try to escape freezing temperatures outside. Once inside, a rodent infestation can cause a lot of destruction with their gnawing and nesting habits.
In addition to being destructive, rodents are known to carry dangerous bacteria and pathogens. To protect you and your family from rats and mice in the winter, it’s important to learn how to seal your home from them.
8 Spots to Check for Rodent Prevention
As with any type of pest, the best way to prevent an infestation is to know how to prevent them in the first place. By thoroughly inspecting your property, you can locate the spots that could possibly invite rodents inside. The eight areas to inspect include:
- Roof: Replace and repair shingles or any other roof damage
- Gutters: Clean debris from gutters and downspouts
- Outside: Securely seal trash cans and keep a clean yard
- Garage: Make sure your garage closes flush to the ground
- Foundation: Seal any cracks or crevices larger than a dime
- Vents: Cover all vents securely
- Screens: Fix or replace any damaged window, door, or porch screens
- Vegetation: Keep a tidy yard and cut tree limbs back away from your home
Year-Round Rats & Mice Control
Rodent infestations may be at their highest in the winter, but they’re a problem throughout the entire year in Washington. If you’ve done all you can to prevent rats or mice and still find them inside your property, it’s best to call the professional rodent exterminators at Western Exterminator, formerly Pratt Pest. We specialize in preventing pest problems before they begin, making us your local leaders in rodent control and removal. For more information on how we can keep you rodent-free, give our team a call today!