Pest infestations are more common than you think in the fall. Rodents are one of the most common offenders. Just like other pests, rodents will seek out warmth, shelter, and food inside your home. Rats and mice inside aren’t just a nuisance, they can be dangerous as well. Not only are rodents destructive, they can spread germs and disease too. The team at Western Exterminator, formerly Pratt Pest knows how important it is to keep your family safe from rodents. We also know you want to feel comfortable in your home and enjoy the fall season without worrying about an infestation in your house. Keep reading to learn our top tips to protect your home from rodents this fall and all year long.
Why do Rats Get Indoors in the Fall?
If you’re hearing rustling in the walls or gnawing noises, chances are you may have a rodent problem. When they get inside, rats and mice will take shelter in the attic, basement, and garage. They also will infest kitchens, laundry rooms, and are highly likely to invade your trash cans if given the chance. A rat or mouse problem often begins when the rodents get in through your chimney, pipes, air vents, and more. With incisors that never stop growing, their chewing habits can be destructive. They also are known carriers of germs and bacteria that can cause disease. For these reasons, it’s crucial to learn how to keep them out.
Tips to Protect Your Home From Rodents
No one wants rats or mice inside their home. Unfortunately, they can get in easier than you want to think. Some of the best ways to prevent a fall rodent problem is to keep them outside. Try out the following tips:
- Cover all vents. Install mesh screens on your vents. Also consider installing screens on doors and windows.
- Use a tight-fitting lid on your trash cans. Rodents love to rummage in the garbage! If possible, keep your trash cans sealed and stored.
- Protect your eaves. Fix any damaged roofing and use wire mesh to seal gaps in your eaves.
- Store food and items properly. Securely store food in tight-fitting containers with lids.
- Seal cracks and crevices. Use caulk or wire wool to cover up gaps and openings near pipes.
Year-Round Rodent Prevention
Rodents aren’t just bothersome in the fall. To keep your Washington property protected all year long, the team at Western can help. Our rodent exterminators will customize a rodent control plan suited to the unique needs of your property. Contact us today!