After an unseasonably warm fall, even Southern climates are beginning to experience cooler weather. As temperatures fall, squirrels, rats, mice and even larger rodents such as raccoons will be looking for a warm place to take refuge. Many will be looking for a way to enter your home, garage or attic. Massey Services offers the following tips to keep rodents out during the winter months:
- Make sure the underside of the flashing that covers the air conditioning conduits to the attic is sealed. This is one of the most common residential entry points for rodents in the Southeastern states.
- Check the edges of the garage door to make sure there are no gaps or openings.
- Seal off openings around pipes with sheet metal or concrete.
- Block all possible rodent entry points such as the bottom of doors, pipe entry holes, ventilation pipes, roof vents and eave vents.
- Pick up any trash or debris around the outside of your home that could provide a shelter for rodents.
- Rodents are always on the lookout for food. Keep garbage cans sealed and eliminate any areas of standing water. Do not leave open food items out including pet food.
Rodents can squeeze through any opening their heads can fit through. For mice that can be an opening as small as ¼ inch. Eliminating all possible entry points is key to keeping rodents out.
For more information on preventing rodents from entering your home, contact Massey Services for a free inspection.