Preventative Rodent Control for this Winter

McDuffie Pest Control Rodent Prevention

Rats and mice are some of the biggest pests that get into your house in the winter. They are looking for a warm, dry place to live. They will only stay where there’s plenty of food and water, so pet food and leaky pipes are bound to attract this vermin to your house. Mice contaminate your food and damage your home by eating through drywall and chewing wires. Sometimes you can prevent rodents yourself, and other times, you might need rodent control services and rodent control products to kill off an infestation.

How to Prevent Rodents

Not only do rodents damage your home, but they also cause diseases, including hantavirus and other diseases, including ratbite fever and leptospirosis. Rats and mice are different and carry different diseases. Mice grow up to 8 inches long while rates grow up to 15 inches long. A rat has a hairless tail with scales, while mice have thin, hairy tails.

Signs of Rodents

You might never see a rodent in your house, since they try to stay away from humans. However, you can look for signs of rodents to see if you need rodent control. Preventative rodent control keeps the rodent control cost down. Signs of these pests include:

  • Gnaw marks on drywall and wooden areas of your home;

  • Chewed wires;

  • Gnaw marks and holes on food containers;

  • Rodent droppings;

  • Nesting materials; and

  • Runways/tracks.

How to Get Rid of Rodents

The best way to get rid of rodents is to trap them. However, they are smart pests and you might have to resort to mouse or rat poison to get rid of them. Look for nesting materials, tracks where they run along the walls, and droppings. Put traps in those areas.

Most importantly, you need to prevent rodents from getting into your home in the first place. This can often seem like a losing battle until you find where they are getting in. Our professional rodent control techs at McDuffie Pest Control know right where to look for rodent entry points, including cracks in basements and crawlspaces and other entry points. Blocking these entry points keeps the rodents out of your house.

Never assume that because you caught one or two that you killed them all. Always clean up all signs of rodents and continue setting traps until you no longer see evidence of them being inside.

Rodent Control Methods

Keeping the outside of your home free of rodent attractants also help keep these pests out of your home. Cleaning up the outside of your home during the fall helps to keep rodents away from your home.

  • Keep all bushes trimmed. It is preferable that you do not plant shrubs and other plants against the house. Termites also use plantings as superhighways to get into your home.

  • If you burn wood, do not stack firewood near your home.

  • Keep rocks and other hardscape materials away from your house.

  • Locate all entry points and block them, including cracks in cement crawlspace and basement walls.

  • Make sure all pipes and wires leading to the exterior of your home are tightly in place. A mouse can get through a seemingly tiny space between the pipe and wall material.

  • Don’t free-feed your pets. Pick up their food as soon as they are done eating.

  • Locate any leaks and drips on and near pipes and repair them.

  • Implement moisture control in crawlspaces and basements, including directing water from heavy rainfall and spring melts away from your home.

  • Store food in hard plastic containers.

  • Store trash in metal trashcans with tight-fitting lids.

Contact McDuffie Pest Control

Removing tempting hiding places and sources of food and water in addition to blocking entry points helps keep rodents from infesting your home. If you continuously see signs of rodents and can’t seem to get rid of them, contact McDuffie Pest Control for help with a rodent infestation.