If you think you’ll never need the help of a rodent control service, wait until the cold, winter weather has been around for a while. Icy temperatures mean that a variety of pests will want to share your warm home with you, and while insects and spiders are bad enough, it’s the four-footed, scurrying kinds of pests you need to worry about most.
Rodents, including rats, mice and squirrels are dangerous roommates to have because they carry organisms on their bodies and in their droppings that can cause life-threatening diseases, like Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, Hemorrhagic Fever, Rat Bite Fever, West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease and the Bubonic Plague. Also, rodents can and will gnaw through electrical wiring, creating a potential fire hazard. So, how can you keep these pests out of your home. Here are some rodent control service tips for keeping rodents out this winter:
Inspect Your Home For Rodent Access Points
Mice, rats and squirrels can squeeze through very small holes and cracks to gain access to your home, and though it may be difficult to seal off every opening around your home, it’s a good idea to repair or cover as many as possible. On the outside of your home, check for openings around doors, windows, the foundation, around plumbing access points and in the roof around the rafters, gables and eaves. Inside your home, areas to check include around the fireplace, inside and under kitchen cabinets, around floor vents and dryer vents, in the basement and inside closets near the corners.
Keep Rodents From Getting In
Once you’ve found gaps and holes that will allow rats, mice and squirrels to get into your home, you must take steps to repair them. For smaller holes and gaps around plumbing pipe access points, use caulk or wads of steel wool. For larger holes, you may have to replace rotted or broken wood or cover openings that can’t or shouldn’t be repaired with -inch hardware cloth, stapled in place. To keep squirrels (and even some rats) from accessing your roof from the trees in your yard, keep them trimmed back. Cover roof vents with ready-made, metal vent guards, and, if you have a chimney, consider covering it with wire mesh as well.
Make Your House Less Attractive To Rodents
Keep your house clean, especially in areas you don’t go into much. Anything you have stored should be placed in plastic bins rather than cardboard boxes. Though determined rats and mice may gnaw through plastic containers, they’ll be less likely to chew them since they can’t use them for nest-building the way they can with cardboard. You must also remove food sources. Keep food in your cabinets and pantry sealed and store as much food as possible in the refrigerator. Cover your trash can and remove full bags promptly. Store pet food in airtight containers and only leave out as much food as your pet can eat during the day.
Once you have a rodent infestation of any kind, you’ll have a hard time getting rid of it by yourself. To get help, call the best rodent control service in Frisco, TX, Safe Pro Pest Control, at (972) 435-0700. You can also visit www.safepropest.com to find out more about our complete line of Plano pest control services and to find valuable coupons.
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Safe Pro Pest Control
122 Rose Lane, Suite #203
Frisco, Texas 75036