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Keeping Rodents Away During the Winter

Although Southern California isn’t known for having harsh winters, local residents can still expect to experience their fair share of cold days. Like so many other pests in the area, rodents will be trying to stay warm. Here are some valuable tips for keeping away mice and rats.

Seal Entry Points

Because rodents have such limber bodies, they can easily squeeze into very tight spots. Even a tiny opening will enable a mouse to come inside. This is why it’s so important to seal up entry points. Before the winter arrives, take the time to inspect your home for cracks. Pay extra attention to gaps between walls and unsealed drainage pipes. Silicone caulking can be used to effectively plug holes.

Eliminate Food Sources

Rodents have a keen sense of smell. If you have any pets at home, be sure to store their food in a rodent-proof container. To prevent rats from climbing into your garbage at night, keep the lids tight as possible. Furthermore, don’t make the mistake of tossing leftovers outside.

Clean Your Home

It’s no secret that rodents are attracted to dirty environments. Sweeping and mopping floors on a regular basis will make your home less appealing to these filthy creatures. Try to avoid leaving crumbs in your bedroom. It’s also a good idea to eliminate excess clutter. This means you should get rid of any unnecessary junk.

Trim Back Tree Limbs

Roof rats have an incredible jumping ability. It’s a good idea to keep tree limbs at least four feet away from your home. You definitely don’t want roof rats to gain access to your attic. Not only will roof rats tear apart insulation, but they will also contaminate the area with disgusting droppings. Even worse, rodents can cause fires by gnawing through electrical wires.

Call a Professional

If you happen to notice the signs of rodents in your home, call a professional pest control company immediately. Rodents are known for breeding extremely quickly. You definitely don’t want the problem to get out of hand. Some of the tell-tale signs of an infestation include late-night scampering noises, urine odors, and droppings.

When dealing with rodents in your home or business, be sure to contact Excel Pest Management. Our professionally trained technicians promise to eliminate the problem. From roaches to bedbugs, we provide solutions for a wide range of different pests. Call Excel Pest Management today for a free quote on service.

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