The thermometer is finally creeping up a little bit at a time. Could it be that spring is actually coming? Wonderful! When the weather gets cold and nasty we all run inside and stay there as much as possible. I mean, really, who wants to be out in that nasty, cold mess? NOT ME! Unfortunately, neither do rodents. They don’t want to live outside in the winter either. So, they find their way inside your nice, warm home. Now that it’s getting warmer, they will migrate back outside, right? Wrong. Why would they want to leave your safe and dry home? They have food, heat, water and shelter. No need to move out. Unless of course you want them to.
No matter what the season, having rodents inside your home is cause for concern. Keeping them outside where they belong is a full time job. Besides the fact that there are many parasites that may live on rodents that are taking up residence within your home, once inside they can cause extensive damage like:
Chewing electrical wires
Ripping up and nesting in wall insulation
Contaminating insulation with their waste
Invading the kitchen for food and leaving their droppings
So, how can you keep rodents out of your home? Here are a few easy tips that can help to keep them (and insects) outside:
Seal all cracks and crevices on the exterior of your home. Pay special attention to your basement walls.
Repair all damage and tears to exterior vents (soffit, roof, attic, ridge, etc).
Repair or replace torn window and door screens and weatherstripping.
Inspect and repair door thresholds, including your basement door.
Inspect and repair all exterior utility entrances (electricity, water, HVAC, etc.)
Here in St. Louis, rodent control is best handled by the trained professionals at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. Our inspectors and technicians are highly trained in rodent elimination and will be able to locate and remedy the issue in no time. Contact us today to learn more about year round protection for your home and family!