That brisk chill in the air signifies that winter is indeed here. What does that mean for you as a homeowner? It means that many pests will attempt to find shelter in your house so they can stay out of the cold. Today, we’ll be discussing some of the ways you can keep mice out of your house this winter. If you need a bit more help with your pest problem, call South Bend’s pest control experts at Termishield. Schedule your appointment today to keep your holidays pest-free.

-How do mice and rats get inside homes?

In order to prevent an infestation, it’s important to know how the rodents will try to get indoors. Rodents are known for being very crafty and it doesn’t take a lot of space to give them the opening they need. They’ll be looking for even the tiniest of openings, and crumbs or food scraps can be the welcome mat they’re searching for in these cold months.

-Why do I want to keep rodents out?

Rats and mice are well-known for carrying diseases and bacteria that can adversely affect your family’s health. Additionally, they can cause a great deal of damage to your home’s wiring and furniture. They can also get into your food supplies, contaminating them and putting everyone at risk.

-Ways to prevent a rodent infestation

  • Seal it up:

First things first, you need to make sure your home doesn’t have any glaring cracks or gaps where a pest can enter. Check every area of your home (walls, windows, doors, eaves, and drains) to ensure there aren’t any spots where a pest could get in. Seal up any spots that you find with caulk or steel wool and use weather stripping to keep doors and windows sealed.

  • Clean it up:

Pests of all types thrive in clutter and this goes double for rodents. If they can find piles of newspaper or firewood, they’ll build their shelter to stay in through the winter. If you plan on bringing firewood into your home this winter, be sure you burn it right away, because you could be bringing other pests inside, too.

  • Keep it dry:

Rodents aren’t just going to be looking for food in your home — they’ll also need water to survive the winter. Look through your house for any leaks that might create a water supply for pests. This includes your bathrooms, the attic, basement, kitchen, and laundry room. You don’t just need to worry about pests when it comes to leaks, because they can also cause a great deal of property damage, so this is important to check year-round.

  • Protect your yard:

During the fall, trees shed their leaves, lose branches and twigs, and other yard debris can build up together. When this happens, pests use that debris to build their shelters, where they’ll hide out during the winter. This makes keeping your yard clear of debris very important. Rake leaves and dispose of twigs as soon as possible so as not to give them the materials they need to survive.

Keeping rodents out of your house can feel like a full-time job, but we know that if you keep these tips in mind, you’ll have a pest-free home this winter. However, what do you do if it’s too late? If you have pests that have made their way into your house, you need professional help to make sure they’re dealt with properly. At Termishield in South Bend, we’re proud to provide environmentally-friendly pest control services. Call us today to schedule your appointment and let us make sure the only ones who show up to your holiday party are on the guest list.