In the colder months, many pests start looking for a warm place to stay for the winter. Among these pests are rats and mice. Even the most compassionate souls probably aren’t keen on the idea of sharing their homes with rodents, no matter how cold it is outside. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent rodents from making themselves comfortable in your home, garage, or attic.
Danger of Rodents
Rats and mice can do serious damage to your home. Damage that likely isn’t covered by your insurance and can cost a lot of money. They can chew through electrical cords, destroy insulation, damage plumbing, and more. Rodents can also carry disease and spoil food. While baiting and trapping mice and rats is one way to get rid of the vermin, you can get caught in a never-ending cycle of infestation and extermination. And you know what they say: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
The best way to take care of a rodent infestation is to never have one in the first place. You can avoid this by making sure your home isn’t easily accessible. Mice don’t usually knock on the door to ask for entrance; they find another entry point. Mice can fit through an opening as small as a dime. Rats can fit in through openings the size of a quarter. So if your home is old, mistakes were made in construction, or damage has been done to your home, rodents can find these small openings and make themselves at home. So if you have a rodent problem or you wish to avoid one, the best thing to do is rodent exclusion.
So what exactly is rodent exclusion? It’s basically rodent-proofing your house. We inspect your foundation, doors, windows, roof, and any other places rodents may find a point of access. We then seal trouble spots to make sure they can’t get in, using the best supplies and materials to prevent infestation. It’s also a good idea to remove food and water sources—uncovered trash cans, spilled and surplus food from pet food dishes and bird feeders, and leaking pipes can all be a problem.
Call Scout Pest Control
Scout Pest Control specializes in rodent extermination and exclusion. If you already have a problem, it works best to combine baiting with exclusion. We make it easy for you to get rid of rats and mice or prevent them from ever getting in. Beat the rodents by calling us today at (256) 216-1088 to have these services done before the cold weather fully sets in!