Now that the cold of winter has begun to set in across Western New York, many businesses and homeowners are going to face a common problem: pests. As temperatures outside drop, pests – especially mice and other rodents – are going to be seeking shelter from the cold anywhere they can, and this often leads them right into homes, offices, and anywhere else that offers shelter and warmth. So as you dream about a vacation trip to the Caribbean, how can you prevent mice from taking their winter vacation into your space? Here are a few suggestions:
Cleanliness is key.
Aside from the warmth and shelter, mice and other rodents will also be in search of food. That means you need to do everything you can to deprive them of their next meal. Cleaning your house of crumbs and other debris that may have made its way under the stove or behind the couch is a good place to start, but after that, you might also want to go through your pantry and seal any open food items in air-tight containers. Preventing rodents from finding easy meals is key to keeping them from kicking off their shoes and getting comfortable.
Block any holes into your home.
You may not notice them on an everyday basis, but your home or office probably has many small holes or other access points that rodents can use to get into your home. Look for anywhere along the outside of your home where there might be entry points, and make sure to seal up holes with steel wool, silicone caulk, or other sealing materials.
Use a rodent repellent.
There are many different ways to repel rodents from your property – some simpler than others. Some natural solutions include leaving cinnamon sticks around the home, which produce a spicy scent that rodents don’t like, or introducing predators into your environment. If you have a cat around or attract birds to your property, you might find fewer mice trying to share your space. You can also buy electronic products that plug into your outlets and produce an ultrasonic sound that will repel the rodents.
How do I know I have a rodent problem?
Aside from actually seeing a mouse scurrying across your kitchen, the signs of rodent invasion are subtle but usually noticeable. Rodents leave a trail of droppings wherever they go, which offers one clue to their presence, but you can also look for evidence of gnawing or chewing near food sources or other possible entry points, and be on the lookout for possible rodent nests. Rodents are also typically more active at night, so if you’re hearing strange noises in the walls or throughout your house while you’re trying to sleep, this could be a sign that rodents have entered your home.
What do I do if I have a rodent infestation?
Sometimes a simple wayward mouse is easy enough to rid yourself of with traps, bait, or just sealing up some holes, but more serious infestations may require the help of a professional. If you find large amounts of rodent droppings of evidence of rodent nests in your home, (or if you simply don’t like the idea of dealing with rodents yourself!) then it’s probably time to call a professional pest control expert.
At Suburban Pest Control, we help our clients take a full account of how the rodents are getting in, how to expel them from your home, and how to keep them out for good. Our goal is to help you get back to living pest free – and stay that way! If you’re dealing with rodent issues in your home or place of business, give us a call, and we’ll help you reclaim your space.