Throughout the cooler months of the year, you might begin to notice a few concerning signs around your home. Maybe you’ve discovered mouse droppings in the basement, or something smells odd. Or perhaps you’ve heard the pitter patter of tiny feet at night, or actually spotted a rodent in your kitchen! Why have mice suddenly invaded your home?

Well, like anyone else, mice and rats don’t like to be cold. They prefer to live and raise their families in a warm, sheltered spot. But of course, you’d prefer that they choose any place other than your home. So if you’re worried about a rodent problem in the winter, or any other time of year, remember these tips to discourage mice and rats from taking up residence in your house.

Reduce clutter. Rodents aren’t exactly going to plop down on the couch and start watching Jeopardy with you. They prefer to hide somewhere that feels safe, so they will often choose attics, basements, and storage rooms full of clutter. That’s where they will build a nest and live undiscovered for some time. Clear out those areas, and store items in secure plastic totes rather than cardboard boxes (which can be chewed into).

Put away all accessible food. Like us, rodents prefer to enjoy an abundance of food. Make sure you’re not accidentally providing them with a free buffet at night. Put away leftovers, tie up the trash, and store food in airtight containers.

Seal up entry points. Ask a handyman to check for potential entry points to your home, and seal them up. Suspected points of entry include cracks by windows and doors, damaged areas on the roof, damaged screens, dryer vents, and chimneys. Mice can squeeze into very small spaces, so you will need to check meticulously for possibilities.

Clean up outside, too. Many pests love to nest in unkempt gutters, brush piles, overgrown gardens, firewood stacks, and so on. Make sure to clean up clutter around your home, so that you’re not accidentally providing free nesting spots to rodents.

Of course, sometimes an infestation happens no matter how carefully you’ve rodent-proofed. Give us a call to discuss professional pest control services, and we’ll help you swiftly deal with any rodent problems you’re experiencing.