Chilly Rodents Seek Cozy Homes
Updated: Dec 23, 2020
Humans aren't the only creatures concerned with keeping warm. While some animals hibernate or grow thick winter coats for warmth, others enter our homes, where they make unwelcome house guests. South Florida is known for having Summer-like temperatures year round but when we get cold fronts rodents seek shelter too! According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), rodents invade about 21 million homes each winter.
What can you do?
Secure your home. Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home to help prevent mice and rats from using easy entry ways. Pay special attention to areas where utilities and pipes enter the home. Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the foundation and windows.
Don't build rodent attractions near your home. Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home and five feet off the ground. Keep shrubberies cut back from the house.
Make sure your home isn't rodent-friendly. Rodents can hide in clutter, so keep areas clear, and store boxes off of the floor. Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains. Keep food in rodent-proof containers.
If you suspect an infestation, contact us! Hiring a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the problem is the most effective solution to eliminate rodent infestations.