When cold weather arrives, many birds and snowbirds (you know those people who head to Florida, Arizona or somewhere else warm) leave St. Louis for warmer climates free of snow, ice and all things winter. There are however some species of birds, mostly sparrows that find St. Louis far enough south and will stick around for the winter.
Since there are still birds in St. Louis and Mid-Missouri over the winter, many homeowners will keep bird feeders out so they can enjoy the sight of birds when most wildlife seem to disappear with the cold. But just like the other seasons of the year, bird feeders are always of concern when it comes to pests such as mice and other rodents. Especially this time of the year when these critters are seeking food sources, you may find that your bird feeders are not just feeding the birds!
So, what can you do to avoid rodents from lurking near the home or even getting inside? Here are some tips from the St. Louis pest control pros at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions so that you can still enjoy the birds, minus the added threat of a rodent infestation.
Only put out enough birdseed for the day. A lot of extra bird food will surely attract more than just the birds.
Keep the bird feeders hung in a place that is out of reach of mice and other rodents. They should be hanging away from the house and up high, if possible.
Keep birdseed stored in an airtight container inside your home so that even if rodents find their way inside, they will not have access to all of the birdseed.
Inspect the exterior of the home and seal off any cracks, holes, or other openings. Even a hole the size of a dime is enough for a mouse to squeeze through.
If you begin to notice mice or other rodents like squirrels climbing around your bird feeders or looking around your home for a way to get in, it is a good idea to contact Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. Our trained pest control professionals will inspect the property, identify find areas that could be opening the home to rodent infestations, and provide the necessary treatments to get rid of mice and prevent future infestations from occurring.
So, while you are enjoying those feather friends that decided to stick around for the St. Louis winter, make sure that you do not allow rodents into the mix! Give us a yell if there are other critters interfering with your winter bird watching or especially if mice have moved into the home.