With record-high temps and near-constant heat waves across the country, it may feel like we’re in the height of summer. But the truth is, fall is right around the corner. And while the change in temperature will surely provide some much-needed relief from the heat, cold weather can present a new problem for homeowners—rodents.
In an effort to escape the cold and harsh weather, rodents (like mice and rats) often try to make their way into homes.
So how, exactly, do you keep these unwanted guests out of your home this fall and winter? A recent article from realtor.com outlined steps you can take to keep rodents out of your property during colder months, including:
- Eliminate access points. Rodents don’t need much room to squeeze into your home; in fact, a mouse can squeeze through a hole as small as a dime. That’s why, before temperatures drop, you’ll want to eliminate any potential access points around your home that rodents could squeeze into—for example, by installing door sweeps, repairing any damaged screens, and sealing any exterior cracks.
- Regularly get rid of trash. Rodents are always on the lookout for food, and trash can be a particularly appealing way to get their next meal. To avoid attracting unwanted rodents, make sure to use a sealed trash bin and remove trash from your home on a regular basis.
- Keep spaces ventilated and dry. Like all living creatures, rodents need water to survive. So, if you want to keep rodents out of your home, eliminate any potential sources of moisture (for example, leaky pipes)—and make sure to keep areas that rodents tend to hide (like attics, basements, and crawl spaces) ventilated and dry.
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