Winter is on its way and even here in Orlando, temperatures are starting to fall. As things get chillier outdoors, you’ll undoubtedly start spending more time indoors to get away from the elements – but you aren’t alone. Rats and mice are looking for convenient sources of food, water, and shelter during the winter which often brings them into homes and office buildings.
It is possible to help prevent them from infiltrating your home this winter, but it’s important to understand what it is that attracts the rodents in the first place.
Rodents are mammals just like you and I, which means they need to maintain an appropriate body temperature in order to survive. Combine that with the accessibility to food and water that a building provides, and it’s easy to see why infestations are so common.
What can you do to help keep the rodents away? Consider the following:
- Minimize outside water sources by putting pet bowls indoors and fixing any leaky downspouts or garden hoses
- Look for any way for rodents to enter your home. Cracks or holes larger than ¼” should be sealed
- Unlike mice, rats are able to climb. Keep overhanging tree branches trimmed back and away from roof tops to prevent easy access
- If you have a fireplace, stack your supply of firewood away from the side of your home as it provides a perfect hideout for rodents
Let Us Help
Don’t let rodents create an issue for your home or family this winter; prevent the problem before it even happens with the tips above. If you do find yourself facing an infestation, let the professionals at Critter Control® help. Call us today at 407.295.7194 with any questions, or to schedule your free home consultation.