How to Protect Your Home from Rodents This Winter

As temperatures drop, rodents like mice and rats seek warmth and shelter inside homes. These unwelcome guests can cause significant damage and pose health risks. Here are effective strategies to protect your home from rodents this winter.

Seal Entry Points

Rodents can squeeze through surprisingly small openings.

  • Inspect your home for gaps, cracks, and holes in walls, foundations, and around windows and doors. Use materials like steel wool, caulk, and weather stripping to seal these entry points. Pay special attention to areas where utilities enter the home, such as around pipes and vents

Maintain Cleanliness

A clean home is less attractive to rodents. 

  • Regularly clean floors, countertops, and other surfaces to remove food crumbs and spills. Store food in airtight containers and keep pet food sealed when not in use. Ensure that trash cans have tight-fitting lids and are emptied regularly.

Declutter Your Home

Rodents love to hide in cluttered areas.

  • Declutter your home, especially in basements, attics, and garages. Keep storage boxes off the floor and use plastic bins instead of cardboard, which rodents can easily chew through. Reducing clutter also makes it easier to spot signs of rodent activity.

Properly Store Firewood

If you use firewood, store it at least 20 feet away from your home and elevate it off the ground.

  •  Rodents often nest in woodpiles and can easily move from there into your home.     

 Keep Your Yard Tidy

A well-maintained yard can help deter rodents.

  • Trim back trees, shrubs, and bushes that are close to your home, as these can provide pathways for rodents to enter. Clear fallen leaves and debris regularly to remove potential hiding spots.

Install Door Sweeps and Screens

Ensure that all exterior doors have door sweeps to prevent rodents from slipping underneath. 

  • Repair or replace damaged window screens and cover vents and chimneys with mesh to block rodent entry.

Eliminate Water Sources

Rodents need water to survive. 

  • Fix leaky pipes, faucets, and clogged drains both inside and outside your home. Ensure that gutters and downspouts direct water away from the foundation to prevent creating damp areas where rodents might thrive.

 Use Rodent-Repelling Plants

Certain plants, such as mint, lavender, and marigolds, are known to repel rodents.

  • Plant these around the perimeter of your home and in your garden to help keep rodents at bay.

Set Traps and Baits

Set traps and baits around potential entry points and high-activity areas. 

  • Use humane traps if you prefer to release the rodents elsewhere. Be cautious with rodenticides and ensure they are used in accordance with safety guidelines to protect pets and children.

Consider Professional Pest Control

If you notice signs of a rodent infestation or want to take proactive measures, consider hiring a professional pest control service

  • Experts can provide thorough inspections, effective treatments, and ongoing monitoring to keep your home rodent-free.

 

Protecting your home from rodents during the winter involves a combination of preventive measures, cleanliness, and vigilance. By sealing entry points, maintaining a tidy home and yard, and employing traps and repellents, you can significantly reduce the risk of a rodent infestation. For comprehensive rodent control solutions, consider reaching out to TruNorth Pest Control, who specialize in keeping homes safe and pest-free.