Dealing with rodents is never fun, no matter the time of year. But you may feel like you are seeing more than usual during a certain season. If you have noticed that you seem to have a rodent problem more commonly during the fall and winter months, there’s a reason for that. When the colder weather is upon us, rats, mice, and other rodents begin looking for homes that protect them from the harsh elements.
Once temperatures start to lower in the fall, it’s much more likely that you will spot a mouse scattering across your living room floor, or that you’ll hear squirrels in your attic.
When it comes to regular house mice, they technically could be found any time of the year since they prefer to camp out indoors, but the majority of other rodents would like to stay outdoors if possible. However, with falling temps, it’s safer and much more comfortable for them inside the walls of your home.
Now that you know that fall and winter are a riskier time when it comes to a rodent invasion in your home, it’s essential to do all that you can to keep these pests out. First of all, be mindful that it’s food that they are searching for and make sure they don’t have easy access in your home. Depending on the type of rodent, they may be hunting for plants, grains, nuts, berries, meat, or fish. It’s clearly impossible to keep all of these things out of your home, so it’s important that you store your food is important. Keep any dry goods sealed up in airtight containers, since they leave no room for entry. Rats and mice can easily gnaw through a cardboard box, so replace any cardboard packaging with plastic, glass, or metal containers. You should also keep any fruits or veggies that you might normally leave out on the counter put away.
Since food, water, and shelter sources are a major attractant, make sure you are limiting access to even the smallest drop or crumb. Sweep and mop your kitchen floor as often as possible, and vacuum other rooms in your house regularly as well. If you spill any food or beverage, wipe it up right away, before it has time to get stuck. Never leave dirty dishes sitting out in the sink, and put food away quickly after mealtimes. Also, it’s important that you make sure to fix any leaking faucets or AC vents around your home, since they can be easy water sources for pests. And finally, make sure every crack and crevice in your home is sealed up. Mice and rats can come in through surprisingly small areas, so make it as difficult as possible for them to find their way in.
While it is possible that you could have a rodent problem any time of the year, winter is definitely the most common time. Once temperatures begin to drop, make sure you are doing all that you can to keep rodents out of your family’s home.