By Thomas Hambleton

Fall is here and during this time the animal kingdom prepares to survive the nearby winter. Food and shelter become instinctively more important than ever for them and at the same time rodent problems become more apparent in and around the house.  There are various types of animals that will target the home.  Some of the most common animals are mice, rats, and squirrels. 

Rodents have no problem finding shelter outside but if they can find what they want inside they will go there.  Animals are searching for two simple things: food and warmth. If you have a rodent problem it is recommended that you contact a professional however there are some practical and preventative things you can check to keep away rodents. Here are a few suggestions to make your home a little less rodent friendly:

 

  1. Inspect the exterior of your home for any holes and cracks seal up any holes that might let rodents in.  This includes in and along the foundation, the walls, the roof or eaves and vents.  Seal up any and all possible entryway for rodents.

    2. Make sure your home is well insulated inside and out.  When rodents detect or sense warm air from a building they will do almost anything to get inside. If there are areas in your home that are poorly insulated it will allow warm air to exit and attract animals.  

    3. Clean up and maintain outside in the yard. Animals may be finding shelter right beside your home.  It is a good idea to clean up any wood piles, leaf piles, trash can areas, and any other debris in or around your yard. This is very important to keeping rodents away because these things will attract rodents and make it easier to find your home

    4. Everyone knows this but make sure there are not any food sources around that would attract animals.  If you have pets, keep in mind that when you leave a bowl of food out you also might be feeding other unwanted guests!

    5. And finally there are a lot of products and contraptions available you can purchase such as traps, poison bait and natural repellents.  These methods can be a little more aggressive but still effective.

Hopefully some of these tips will help you prepare for keeping pesky rodents out of your house this winter!