Rodent infestations in homes and businesses are big this time of year. Female rodents become pregnant in the late summer months and begin to nest just before winter sets in. Food sources become scarce and they begin to forage closer to structures like houses and businesses. The mice and rats are scrambling in from the cold, and what better place than your home for them to find a cozy, warm place to reside? That’s the last thing you want. The best cure with any infestation is always prevention, so here are some tips on rat-proofing and mouse-proofing your home for winter.
- Trim the shrubbery and hedges at least two feet away from the building. No need to make it cozy for mice and rats near your house.
- Remove brush piles or trim trees overhanging the roof. They’re highways to your home.
- Store your garbage in rodent-proof trash bins, which are basically just buffets for rats and mice.
- Remove bird feeders and squirrel feeders near the home, and don’t scatter seed on the ground that could serve as meals for rodent pests.
- Clean any spilled pet food and don’t leave your furry friends’ water bowls out at night.
- Perform regular maintenance on your home and caulk any open areas that could be entry points for mice and rats.
If all else fails and you still have trouble with a mouse or rat infestation in your home or business, don’t hesitate to call a professional exterminator to help with your rodent problem. We are trained in identifying infestations, eliminating them, and helping you prevent them in the future.
Learn more about rats and mice on our informational section about types of pest common to Missouri. And if you have a rodent problem in the St. Louis area, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (636)394-0101. We’re here to help.