It is the beginning of fall and it won't be long till the temperatures begin to drop. When they do, something not-so-magical happens. Mice and rats get the idea that it would be nicer to be inside your Vernal home than outside in the cold. There are many things that can tempt a rodent to break in but nothing quite as enticing as heat leaking out of a gap, crack or crevice. Let's take a look at how this works and discuss preventative measures you can take to keep rodents out when temperatures drop.
Rodents are skittish creatures. They do not prefer to be out in the open. When they come onto your property, the safest place to be is probably going to be the landscaping around your home or protected areas under external structures, like your deck, porch or a set of stairs. This brings them close to your foundation. When they get close, there are a few ways they may sense heat coming out of your home:
- Gaps around pipes
can let heat out and provide a large enough hole for a mouse or rat to get in. Most adult rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter if they haven't eaten for a while.
- Gaps around basement windows
If you have windows in your basement walls, these are prime targets for mice and rats. When they sense heat coming out of a small gap, they're equipped to make that gap large enough to fit through.
- Gaps around doors
There are many ways gaps can form around a door: The rubber weatherstripping seal can be damaged, the door sweep can be worn, the frame could have a hole created by wood-damaging pests, or the seal around the outside of the frame can be damaged.
- Gaps around roof penetrations
If roof rats get onto your roof, they can get in through many vulnerable spots and, since heat rises, they're going to have a lot of incentive to do so.
Now is an important time of year to do an inspection of your exterior and bolster your defenses. Rodents can get into your home any time of year but the coming cold is going to cause infestations to rise in Vernal. Here are 5 ways to keep them out:
- Use a caulking gun to seal entry points around your home.
- Fix damaged weatherstripping, door sweeps and frame seals.
- Push mesh in downspouts to prevent rodents from climbing up.
- Trim tree branches away from your roofline.
- Invest in residential pest control that includes rodent control.
For more about what problems rodents can cause, check out our blog. When you take the time to roll up your sleeves and seal your exterior, it can have a big impact on whether or not rodents will be able to get into your home. But rodents are resourceful and persistent. Sometimes, the only way to prevent them from getting in is through ongoing monitoring and control. If you need assistance with this difficult task, we can help. Our residential pest control services include rodent control. Connect with us today and we'll help you get your protection in place before those rodents start looking for a way to get in.