Summer was an eventful time of year. You took the opportunity to travel and enjoy outdoor activities. With the arrival of fall, the temperature is dropping. Outdoor activities are over. More time is spent indoors seeking comfort and warmth.
Well, the same goes for rodents! Fall is often the season when they enter homes to find food, water and warmth.
Find out how to defend yourself against rodent infestations as fall approaches.
Keep rodents out of your home
There are two ways to control rodent infestations. The first technique involves not only making your property less attractive to them, but also preventing them from entering your home!
Pick up your dead leaves
As the leaves start to fall, you pick them up and pile them in front of your garage door to avoid upsetting your neighbours. Over time, dead leaves rot and become a hotbed for rodents. Pick up your piles of dead leaves or dispose of them immediately in compost before they attract pests.
Keep your garbage bins away from home
A simple plastic bag won’t prevent rodents such as squirrels from accessing your garbage for food. The same goes for your brown compost bin. Rodents can chew through plastic and even metal for food. If pests approach your house to eat, chances are they will also try to break into your home in search of food.
Seal every hole or crack that provides access to your home
You can also make your home impenetrable. Mice and rats can very easily sneak through tiny holes and cracks. Check the openings where your pipes and wires run through. All openings should be sealed with cement, steel wool or fine iron mesh.
Drive rodents out of your home
If the first technique failed and the rodents managed to find their way inside your home, it’s time to move on to the second technique: exterminate them or force them to leave your home.
Effective mouse traps
Many people believe that cheese is the preferred food of mice, but this is false. Despite this myth, which is perpetuated in movies and television shows, rodents are more attracted to cereals and sweet products. Swap the cheese for peanut butter as bait for your traps and they will throw themselves at it.
Hide your food
If rodents can’t find anything to eat in your home, they might very well leave on their own. In your pantry, make sure that food is properly stored in airtight plastic or glass containers. Never leave food uncovered in your cupboards or sink. Indeed, your pile of dirty dishes can provide a buffet for rodents.
The definitive solution to rodent infestations: Elite Pest Control
Naturally, even if you apply all these tips carefully, rodents can still get into your home this fall. Once inside, they could start to reproduce and cause damage.
If you have a rodent infestation, don’t hesitate to contact Elite Pest Control. With over 10 years of experience, Elite Pest Control is a company that specializes in extermination and decontamination. Our team is available 7 days a week and 24 hours a day.