When you have concerns about rodents invading your Austin residential or commercial property, you may not be sure where to start. Home remedies are not all that effective against these pesky pests. For the best chance at success, trust the professionals in Austin pest control services at Roberts Termite & Pest Control. We’ve been in business since 1959, offering full-service pest control. We have the techniques and know-how required to combat rodents successfully for you.
Why Rodent Problems Are More Common In Fall And Winter
Although the Austin area doesn’t usually receive the extremely low temperatures found during fall and winter in other areas of the United States, the cooler weather is certainly noticeable here in autumn and winter.
Rodents in Austin definitely notice the changing weather. They are similar to other types of pests in that they begin seeking warmer places to live once autumn and winter are approaching. They also may begin moving indoors to look for food at these times of the year.
You may not want to see any types of rodents outside your home during these times, but you really don’t want to see them indoors. House rodents can do all kinds of damage once they establish a warm nest inside your home, helping them remain active and survive the winter.
Early Precautions You Should Take Against Rodents
As cooler weather is on the horizon, you can begin to take steps that can work to keep rodents away from your home:
- Cover your dryer vent or other vents with mesh.
- Move bird feeders farther away from your home.
- Move bird baths and pet water bowls farther away from your home.
- Place tight-fitting lids on trash cans.
- Place tight-fitting covers on compost bins.
You can also reach out to the team at Roberts Termite & Pest Control for some advice and help with taking early steps for rodent control in Austin. It’s always better to begin battling rodents before they become established in your home, rather than try to control them after you have an infestation. Our team can help with early precautionary rodent prevention measures.
Why Rodent Infestations In Austin Are So Destructive
Learning how to keep rodents away is important for a few reasons, including avoiding the health problems they can cause for your family. However, the bigger problem for most people is the destruction they can cause around your home.
As rodents make nests, they’re likely to chew things like paper and cardboard to use as nesting material. They also may chew things like drywall, insulation, and wires to create pathways inside your walls. When seeking food, they’ll look to eat anything in your kitchen that isn’t sealed well. As they eat your food, they’re sure to contaminate it with excrement and saliva. All of these types of destructive behaviors can end up costing you quite a bit of money in repairs and replacement of items.
The Best Way To Secure Your Austin Home Against Rodents
Successful rodent control in Austin often starts with the professionals at Roberts Termite & Pest Control. After our team helps with your problems with mice and rats, we can then suggest some steps you should take to secure your property to try to keep these rodents from returning, such as:
- Fix any holes or gaps in your foundation.
- Replace missing or loose weatherstripping around doors and windows.
- Place a rodent-proof cap on your chimney.
- Remove debris from around the exterior of the home where rodents may hide.
- Remove old cardboard and paper from basements and attics, reducing nesting material that rodents like to use.
If you want help with controlling rodents and keeping them away, Roberts Termite & Pest Control can set up a regular schedule of visits from our pros, helping us spot any problems early before they become overwhelming.
Reach out today to schedule a free estimate, and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Austin.