When winter hits, temperatures will begin to drop. As things get chillier outdoors, homeowners will, understandably, start spending more time indoors to escape the cold. However, they are seldom alone as rodent and pest infestations increase during the winter season.
Instead of letting rodents create an issue for you and your family this winter, understand what draws them to your home and take the necessary steps to keep the unwelcome guests far away from your property.
Why Do Rodents Infest Homes in Winter?
Rodents are mammals which means they need to maintain an appropriate body temperature in order to survive. Therefore, rats, mice, squirrels, and other rodents will look for warmer shelter during the winter months, and your property’s dark crawlspaces, narrow interior passageways, and soft insulation will appear very appetizing to the invasive pests.
Combine that with your home’s convenient accessibility to food and water sources, and it’s easy to see why wintertime rodent infestations are so common.
4 Pest and Rodent Prevention Tips
To prevent rodent-related property damage and the spread of disease in your home, try the following tips to keep nuisance rodents and other pests out of your property during the winter months.
- Minimize outside water sources by putting pet bowls indoors and fixing any leaky downspouts or garden hoses.
- Look for any ways that rodents can enter your home. Cracks or holes larger than ¼” should be sealed with wire mesh or steel wool to keep pests out.
- 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.
Even though the weather in Central Florida is rarely freezing, rodents and other pests will still attempt to access your property by exploiting any openings they can to nest in your cozy attic and get to your food supply. Instead of risking your safety and wasting money attempting inefficient DIY rodent removal techniques, prevent a pest problem before it even happens by contacting the rodent removal experts at Critter Control® of Orlando.
Year-Round Reliable Rodent Removal Services in Orlando
At Critter Control® of Orlando, our licensed and trained staff members are equipped to safely and quickly remove nuisance rodents using non-toxic and eco-friendly methods. If our experienced technicians discover any rodents living inside your attic, crawlspaces, or walls, they will humanely remove all pests, clean and restore any damages caused by the infestation, and prevent future infestations by sealing any exposures the critters used to get inside.
To schedule a home inspection and receive a free rodent removal estimate, call Critter Control® of Orlando today at 407-295-7194.